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Borrowed from French barrage (“barrage, barrier”). Compare barrier.
barrage (plural barrages)
- An artificial obstruction, such as a dam, in a river designed to increase its depth or to divert its flow.
- Hyponym: dam
- (military) A heavy curtain of artillery fire directed in front of one's own troops to screen and protect them.
- 2014, Edward G. Lengel, A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign, John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN, page 350:
- The 75s of V Corps fired a standard rolling barrage, while the larger 155 mm and 8-inch pieces fired standing barrages 500 meters beyond the barrage line. For the rolling barrage, one battery in each battalion fired low, bursting shrapnel instead of the standard high explosive.
- A concentrated discharge of projectile weapons.
- 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 1, in Internal Combustion:
- Blast after blast, fiery outbreak after fiery outbreak, like a flaming barrage from within, […] most of Edison's grounds soon became an inferno. As though on an incendiary rampage, the fires systematically devoured the contents of Edison's headquarters and facilities.
- (by extension) An overwhelming outburst of words, especially of criticism.
- 2016 February 20, “Obituary: Antonin Scalia: Always right”, in The Economist:
- Lesser lawyers who were vague in oral argument faced a barrage of sarcasm or, if he agreed with them, constant chiding to do better.
- (fencing) A "next hit wins" contest to determine the winner of a bout in case of a tie.
- Type of firework containing a mixture of firework types in one single-ignition package.
artificial obstruction, such as a dam, in a river
heavy curtain of artillery fire
concentrated discharge of projectile weapons
overwhelming outburst of words
"next hit wins" fight-off
barrage (third-person singular simple present barrages, present participle barraging, simple past and past participle barraged)
- (transitive) To direct a barrage at.
- 2020, Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half, Dialogue Books, page 259:
- Maybe now her daughter would stop barraging her with questions about her past.
- Synonym: bombard
- barrage (dam) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- barrage (artillery) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
barrage m (plural barrages)
- “barrage”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- “barrage” in Cordial.
- “barrage” in Dictionnaire Français en ligne Larousse.
- “barrage” in Le Dictionnaire.
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