Definition of barrage in English:

barrage

noun

  • 1A concentrated artillery bombardment over a wide area.

    • ‘He leaves out no detail, giving exact times of artillery barrages and attacks.’
    • ‘He also says the bombardment lasted for about 90 minutes, but has the infantry attack beginning while the artillery barrage is still going on.’
    • ‘This eliminates the traditional requirement for an area fire or artillery barrage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Courageously, he followed the company commander through mine fields and through the most intense artillery and mortar barrages.’
    • ‘On September 25 police launched tear-gas barrages and high-pressure water cannon against demonstrating social security workers in downtown Lima.’
    • ‘But these things aren't important when you have to parade more people into barrages of artillery.’
    • ‘In the huge battles of 1914-15 Russian infantrymen had to attack unprotected by artillery barrages and often lacking even rifles.’
    • ‘Suddenly it came under a concentrated barrage of German artillery and machinegun fire.’
    • ‘To quell resistance, air strikes and artillery barrages were called in, largely demolishing the town.’
    • ‘The constant noise of the battle gave way to a barrage of artillery shells shrieking through the canopy.’
    • ‘The point defense batteries opened fire with barrages of plasma cannon fire.’
    • ‘My forward observers plotted their defensive concentrations and barrages where we thought they should be.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    bombardment, gunfire, cannonade, battery, blast, broadside, salvo, volley, fusillade
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    1. 1.1A concentrated outpouring, as of questions or blows.
      ‘she was not prepared for his barrage of questions’
      ‘a barrage of 60-second television spots’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His comments come after the train operator, which runs services mainly between Sheffield and London, has faced a barrage of criticism over poor performance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Newdow, 50, held his own under a barrage of fast-paced questions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Bush White House is facing a barrage of questions about the National Security Agency's spying activities in this country.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In an unprecedented statement to the construction industry journal, Building Magazine, Bovis defended itself against a barrage of criticism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I floated this argument on the national security list-serv that I subscribe to, and was met with a barrage of criticism for it.’
      • ‘But that decision has drawn a barrage of criticism.’
      • ‘And under a barrage of criticism and doubt, they carried out their mission, and the world owes them an enormous debt of gratitude.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Bombard (someone) with something.

    ‘his doctor was barraged with unsolicited advice’
    • ‘For the first half-hour they'd barraged him with questions, but now they seemed content to just try and get some sleep.’
    • ‘We've won this reprieve because we kept barraging him with letters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You heard naught of it yesterday, but your poor father was barraged with questions from so many people!’
    • ‘I was barraged by criticism, that I was hurting the sentiments of the Indian people.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From takeoff to landing, we're barraged with an array of tasks.’
    • ‘They barraged him with questions, none of which John understood save for one; ‘Who is that?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Our children are just barraged with this bad food everywhere they go.’
    • ‘The media are constantly barraging young women who are still forming their opinions on the world.’
    • ‘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 are constantly barraged with people and their problems every time you step outside your door.’
    • ‘Fearful of losing, Jason began barraging Melissa with all his remaining missiles.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French, from barrer to bar of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

barrage

/bəˈrä(d)ZH/