Definition of barrage in English:

barrage

noun

  • 1A concentrated artillery bombardment over a wide area:

    ‘his forces launched an artillery barrage on the city’
    • ‘Suddenly it came under a concentrated barrage of German artillery and machinegun fire.’
    • ‘Smoke shell, in combination with high explosive, helped the infantry see where the artillery barrage had got to, and it also hid them from machine guns and rifle fire.’
    • ‘To quell resistance, air strikes and artillery barrages were called in, largely demolishing the town.’
    • ‘He leaves out no detail, giving exact times of artillery barrages and attacks.’
    • ‘In the huge battles of 1914-15 Russian infantrymen had to attack unprotected by artillery barrages and often lacking even rifles.’
    • ‘But these things aren't important when you have to parade more people into barrages of artillery.’
    • ‘The point defense batteries opened fire with barrages of plasma cannon fire.’
    • ‘This eliminates the traditional requirement for an area fire or artillery barrage.’
    • ‘Though MacArthur forbade air attacks against the city (which had been his home for much of his adult life) heavy artillery barrages by both sides levelled much of what the fires had left standing.’
    • ‘On September 25 police launched tear-gas barrages and high-pressure water cannon against demonstrating social security workers in downtown Lima.’
    • ‘The constant noise of the battle gave way to a barrage of artillery shells shrieking through the canopy.’
    • ‘He also says the bombardment lasted for about 90 minutes, but has the infantry attack beginning while the artillery barrage is still going on.’
    • ‘Courageously, he followed the company commander through mine fields and through the most intense artillery and mortar barrages.’
    • ‘The troop movements were preceded by a day of relentless air attacks and artillery and rocket barrages against Iraqi troops arrayed in defense of Baghdad.’
    • ‘The massive bombing campaigns and artillery barrages of World War II caused a great deal of collateral damage, but very often failed to destroy the intended target.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, a few enemy soldiers and vehicles had survived the concentrated artillery barrage and helicopter attack.’
    • ‘Their priority is an end to air strikes, tank attacks, artillery barrages, sniping, car bombs and roadside explosive devices.’
    • ‘Most of the damage was done by the Sri Lankan military through air raids and artillery barrages.’
    • ‘At Friday prayers in the two cities holy to Shiite Muslims, hope as well for an end to the daily barrage of artillery and gunfire.’
    • ‘My forward observers plotted their defensive concentrations and barrages where we thought they should be.’
    bombardment, gunfire, cannonade, battery, blast, broadside, salvo, volley, fusillade
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    1. 1.1 An overwhelming number of questions, criticisms, or complaints delivered simultaneously or in rapid succession:
      ‘a barrage of questions’
      • ‘Margaret Cushen questioned whether or not the workload of a commissioner would warrant a computer and was immediately met with a barrage of criticism from her colleagues.’
      • ‘The former international goalkeeper has faced a barrage of criticism from the some of the biggest names in Brazilian football since he succeeded Wanderley Luxemburgo last autumn.’
      • ‘Rotherham council chiefs are expected to be given a rough ride this evening as they face a barrage of questions from angry parents protesting against a proposed school closure.’
      • ‘It was only in the heat of battle, when faced by an electorate traditionally hostile to Tories and a barrage of questions from SNP opponent Nicola Sturgeon, that she says the truth began to dawn.’
      • ‘Merkel went on television last night to try and limit the political fallout from her colleague's remarks, but she has encountered a barrage of criticism.’
      • ‘Yet despite this, the state still had to face down a barrage of criticism both at home and abroad for its handling of what the United Nations has called the world's biggest disaster.’
      • ‘But that decision has drawn a barrage of criticism.’
      • ‘Aberdeen confirmed on Friday that the former chief executive of its asset management arm, Chris Fishwick, will attend the hearing and face a barrage of questions.’
      • ‘Cllr Terri Welch said on Friday she was in danger of letting the town sink or swim after facing a barrage of complaints in connection with this year's carnival events and procession.’
      • ‘Under a barrage of criticism from furious shopkeepers, the council admitted there were still no proper signs at the approaches to the town directing people to the public car parks.’
      • ‘His comments come after the train operator, which runs services mainly between Sheffield and London, has faced a barrage of criticism over poor performance.’
      • ‘I floated this argument on the national security list-serv that I subscribe to, and was met with a barrage of criticism for it.’
      • ‘Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw yesterday side-stepped a barrage of questions over the death of Government scientist Dr David Kelly.’
      • ‘After facing a barrage of criticism from the aircraft industry, the federal government issued a call for a single tender last December, just days after Chretien left office.’
      • ‘It is now nearly four months since police imposed a dispersal order covering Rodbourne Cheney, Moredon and Green-meadow following a barrage of complaints about rowdy youths.’
      • ‘And under a barrage of criticism and doubt, they carried out their mission, and the world owes them an enormous debt of gratitude.’
      • ‘Newdow, 50, held his own under a barrage of fast-paced questions.’
      • ‘But after facing a barrage of complaints and an auditor's savage report four years ago, Bradford Council was forced to admit it had failed its tenants.’
      • ‘In an unprecedented statement to the construction industry journal, Building Magazine, Bovis defended itself against a barrage of criticism.’
      • ‘The Bush White House is facing a barrage of questions about the National Security Agency's spying activities in this country.’
      abundance, mass, superabundance, plethora, profusion
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  • 2An artificial barrier across a river or estuary to prevent flooding, aid irrigation or navigation, or to generate electricity by tidal power:

    ‘they are considering a tidal barrage built across the Severn estuary’
    • ‘We cannot construct barrage for irrigation purposes.’
    • ‘Diverting water from the Nile River, along with buildup of sediments trapped behind dams and barrages, has caused the fertile Nile Delta to shrink.’
    • ‘This a basically a large metal cage, mounted on a cable inside the actual barrage, or dam.’
    • ‘Dams and irrigation barrages have also added to the woes of the dolphins.’
    • ‘The presence of Bangladeshis near the Harike barrage is a considered security threat too.’
    • ‘India had started construction of the Rassiyal-Khurda-Lautan barrage and a supporting embankment in the Marchabar area on the Indian side of the border.’
    • ‘The barrages separated the river from the sea, and had a disastrous impact on fish that rely on annual migrations upriver to spawn.’
    • ‘A Nepalese parliamentary committee has said the construction of the dam and barrage on the Rapti River is a violation of the international law.’
    • ‘As a last example, suppose a development authority plans to build a barrage across an estuary to increase property values and generate opportunities for marina developments.’
    • ‘Before the construction of dams and barrages, floodwaters would spill out of the river's banks and, channeled by sluices and dikes, cover most of the agricultural land.’
    • ‘There is a 5mph speed limit on the whole of the river upstream of the barrage.’
    • ‘Bangladeshi water engineers say that Indian barrages, canals, reservoirs and irrigation schemes are slowly strangling the country and are stopping its development.’
    • ‘Just north of Esna the boat arrives at two barrages across the river, which act both as bridges and as controls for the flow of the Nile.’
    • ‘A great mass of citizenry washed past on foot or bicycle as we negotiated the potholed high street on the river bank and turned on to the barrage across the Tigris built by the British in 1935.’
    • ‘India in 1985 started the work on Wullar barrage on Jhelum river.’
    • ‘He stood on a dam in Liwonde, known locally as a barrage, which regulates the river for the Nkula plant.’
    • ‘The water has been depleted for the construction of a one-kilometre cross bund upstream the barrage.’
    • ‘A barrage has been placed across the river Tawe to create greater tidal movement in the estuary which had been poisoned by the output of the industrial era.’
    • ‘The treaty bars setting up barrage and disallow storage of waters of rivers flowing from Kashmir into Pakistan.’
    • ‘Having had your fill here, cross the river on the barrage, take the first left and drive along the east bank of the river southwards the toll bridge, stopping and starting as and when you need to.’
    dam, weir, barrier, dyke, defence, embankment, wall, obstruction, gate, sluice
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Bombard (someone) with questions, criticisms, or complaints:

    ‘his doctor was barraged with unsolicited advice’
    • ‘Ready or not, the Millennium Year is on us, barraging us with a dizzying array of high-flying hype about the wonders of the New Age.’
    • ‘‘Consumers are barraged by the amount of information that is published and people respond to it out of their need and people want to know how to do better,’ she notes.’
    • ‘After the first letter had come several years ago, their mother had forced Katrina to write him back, and ever since then, the smitten Chris had been barraging her with letters.’
    • ‘I had too much adrenaline to answer back Carlozio who had taken advantage of my quietness and was barraging me with the most annoyance he could muster.’
    • ‘They barraged him with questions, none of which John understood save for one; ‘Who is that?’’
    • ‘She could hear them yelling in low voices to each other, throwing back and forth insults and she cracked the door open, of course she was barraged by a rampage of insults and screaming.’
    • ‘You heard naught of it yesterday, but your poor father was barraged with questions from so many people!’
    • ‘Fearful of losing, Jason began barraging Melissa with all his remaining missiles.’
    • ‘I was barraged by criticism, that I was hurting the sentiments of the Indian people.’
    • ‘For the first half-hour they'd barraged him with questions, but now they seemed content to just try and get some sleep.’
    • ‘You are constantly barraged with people and their problems every time you step outside your door.’
    • ‘We've won this reprieve because we kept barraging him with letters.’
    • ‘From takeoff to landing, we're barraged with an array of tasks.’
    • ‘The media are constantly barraging young women who are still forming their opinions on the world.’
    • ‘Our children are just barraged with this bad food everywhere they go.’
    • ‘The Infinifilm menu is constantly barraging the viewer with tidbits, interviews, and best of all, the reinsertion of deleted material.’
    • ‘When he was done barraging me with his senior thesis, he left this erudite comment.’
    • ‘During our talk, he barraged me with questions about my relationship with Rowen.’
    • ‘When Kait went downstairs that morning after taking a long, soothing shower, Aunt Sally immediately barraged her with questions.’
    • ‘Like many other people, Heidi Evans was constantly barraged with dubious emails purporting to offer millions in exchange for helping to transfer vast funds from Africa.’

Origin

Mid 19th century (in barrage): from French, from barrer to bar, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

barrage

/ˈbarɑːʒ/