- The definition of barrage is a large volume of something, or a huge amount of things happening all at once.
- An example of a barrage is when 100 reporters all shoot questions at the president at the same time.
- An example of barrage is a large amount of gunfire with the purpose of keeping the enemy forces from moving forward.
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- a curtain of artillery fire laid down to keep enemy forces from moving, or to cover or prepare the way for one's own forces, esp. in attack
- a heavy, prolonged attack of words, blows, etc.
Origin: French inch(es) tir de barrage, barrier fire: see barrage
Origin: French ; from barrer, to stop ; from barre, bar
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Origin: French, from barrer, to bar, from barre, bar, from Old French; see bar 1.
- a. A heavy curtain of artillery fire directed in front of friendly troops to screen and protect them.b. A rapid, concentrated discharge of missiles, as from small arms.
- An overwhelming, concentrated outpouring, as of words: a barrage of criticism.
Origin: French (tir de) barrage, barrier (fire); see barrage1.