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Definition of "barrage" []

  • An artificial obstruction, such as a dam or irrigation channel, built in a watercourse to increase its depth or to divert its flow. (noun)
  • A heavy curtain of artillery fire directed in front of friendly troops to screen and protect them. (noun)
  • A rapid, concentrated discharge of missiles, as from small arms. (noun)
  • An overwhelming, concentrated outpouring, as of words: a barrage of criticism. (noun)
  • To direct a barrage at. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "barrage" in a sentence
  • "The Bush campaign wanted to wait until the Democratic nominee was settled on, but because of what they call a barrage of negative attacks against the president, and his poll numbers certainly are sliding, they decided to step up the timing of this just a big - Anderson?"
  • "Gingrich yesterday renewed his criticism of what he described as a barrage of negative ads run against him, accusing Wall Street and Goldman Sachs of financing the attacks."
  • "Joe Hockey defends Coalition costings OPPOSITION Treasury spokesman Joe Hockey is defending the Coalition's policy costings from what he calls a barrage of "hysterical allegations" from"