Definition of onrush in English:



  • A surging rush forward.

    ‘the mesmerizing onrush of the sea’
    • ‘The uncertainty concerning the proper scope of IP rights is magnified by the onrush of technology.’
    • ‘To demonstrate the impact of high population growth on the environment, there is no better microcosm than California, which is staggering to accommodate its onrush of new residents.’
    • ‘The onrush of new alloys and manufacturing processes means clubheads twice the size of the original oversize drivers are not merely on the horizon, they're available now.’
    • ‘By month's end, though, the rapidly shortening days in the onrush to the winter solstice leave the planet setting more than an hour and a half after the Sun.’
    • ‘I did not and do not seek a Luther-like emotional trauma and a shattering onrush of new experience.’
    • ‘Croft left a message and went to his club where, like the onrush of a sudden tide, all the talk, now, had turned to the upcoming race.’
    • ‘She stood up, and felt the sudden onrush of emotion.’
    • ‘The Francisca is supposed to have been thrown in a massed volley to create certain amounts of mayhem prior to the onrush of the host of warriors.’
    • ‘The newcomer's plum, saccular head nods in the old song of cloths and tatters, drab and sand-stippled, those blowzy streaks of thinned hair swishing about in an onrush of current.’
    • ‘Nothing is done or said that doesn't feel coruscantly correct, dexterously blending private and public events, and making a one-person play convey so many lives, so much history, such an onrush of humanity.’
    • ‘Some might look back on the hungry years and embrace the onrush of fame with relief, but not our man.’
    • ‘Prehistoric people measured themselves against the small numbers of peers with whom they lived; as did most people in historic times, until the recent onrush of urbanisation.’
    • ‘Abstractedly she listens as her daughter, standing up straight in an onrush of light at the open kitchen door, talks to a deliveryman.’
    • ‘How do people make sense of the onrush without being submerged by it?’
    • ‘Part of the perplexity arises from a sudden onrush of doubt: did we misread the earlier texts, overlook the clues that would explain this surprising volte-face?’
    • ‘He was asked by the CIA to leave, once the onrush of the revolution seemed imminent.’
    • ‘The structure is less obvious, but on close inspection, it's analogous to the range of sounds; a little murkier, and the distinctions are there, but hidden in the onrush of sound.’
    • ‘Threats of a bomb or a threat on the life of a hostage can't be accepted, but the speed and decisiveness of the onrush might just so distract the terrorists that they are overpowered before a hostage is killed.’
    • ‘But then the country is also witnessing an onrush of young persons seeking to share India's USP - spiritual enlightenment.’
    • ‘As it hit the coast, we could hear the splintering sound of the buildings smashed by the powerful onrush.’
    assault, attack, offensive, aggression, advance, charge, rush, storming, sortie, sally, raid, descent, incursion, invasion, foray, push, thrust, drive, blitz, bombardment, barrage, salvo, storm, volley, shower, torrent, broadside
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