Definition of inrush in English:



  • The sudden arrival or entry of something.

    ‘a great inrush of water occurred’
    • ‘They aimed to beach her, but the inrush of water was too great and the tugs had to cast off as she sank to the sandy bottom a mile from Rame Head at 10.30 pm.’
    • ‘The rapid inrush and outflow of air inflated and deflated the interior, giving rise to apprehension that the craft might disintegrate at any moment.’
    • ‘They had no way of escaping the powerful inrush of water and were drowned.’
    • ‘The common pattern seems to be this: there is an inrush into the electorate of a new ethnic or racial group, with a strong preference for one political party, and politics seems to be structured around this division.’
    • ‘There will be no inrush of comments like yesterday to distract me.’
    • ‘The result is local resistance to an inrush of unfamiliar ideas, products, and services from multinational companies.’
    • ‘The whole sequence of events, from the inrush of calcium to the initiation of the action potential, takes place in less than two milliseconds.’
    • ‘They were alarmed by a potential inrush of Indian traders from East Africa - who soon turned out to be invaluable additions to the economy, reviving corner-shops and pharmacies, and building up small businesses throughout Britain.’
    • ‘When such bubbles burst in the vicinity of a solid surface, the symmetry is broken because the surface interferes with the inrush of fluid to the collapsed bubble.’
    • ‘The door behind her opens with an inrush of air and she pushes her hair out of her face as it twists under her nose.’
    • ‘They went down the pit and were vulnerable to explosions of firedamp and coal dust, to rock falls and inrushes of clay, sand and water.’
    • ‘The late inrush of revenue was not entirely unexpected as tax payment deadlines were met and November is traditionally a high revenue month.’
    • ‘Yet even as the crowd was pushing me on, I felt the inrush of a great and powerful force.’
    • ‘The other, more important, is that the inrush of the bean counters of ‘managerialism’ is very largely due to the degeneration of professional judgment.’
    • ‘I was very lucky this birthday - we had a little inrush of cash just before it and so the other half very kindly bought me a surround sound system.’
    • ‘The original physical feeling of causal efficacy is submerged but not eliminated by an inrush of conceptual feelings, and then we have a display of qualities presented to us.’
    influx, inundation, rush, flood, torrent, deluge, stream, avalanche
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