Definition of onrush in English:



  • A surging rush forward.

    ‘the mesmerizing onrush of the sea’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I did not and do not seek a Luther-like emotional trauma and a shattering onrush of new experience.’
    • ‘As it hit the coast, we could hear the splintering sound of the buildings smashed by the powerful onrush.’
    • ‘But then the country is also witnessing an onrush of young persons seeking to share India's USP - spiritual enlightenment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Abstractedly she listens as her daughter, standing up straight in an onrush of light at the open kitchen door, talks to a deliveryman.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The uncertainty concerning the proper scope of IP rights is magnified by the onrush of technology.’
    • ‘How do people make sense of the onrush without being submerged by it?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was asked by the CIA to leave, once the onrush of the revolution seemed imminent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some might look back on the hungry years and embrace the onrush of fame with relief, but not our man.’
    • ‘She stood up, and felt the sudden onrush of emotion.’
    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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[NO OBJECT]usually as adjective onrushing
  • Move forward in a surging rush.

    ‘the walls of onrushing whitewater’
    • ‘The more I think about this, and as I write it, it rather does seem less a quirky singularity, and more of an onrushing descent into a foggy loopiness.’
    • ‘The correct thing to do is stay on your line, because if you go for the ball you have to run into the onrushing players and it would take nothing for somebody to get a touch and send the ball past you, or for you to bump into one of the runners.’
    • ‘This time Wilson won the chase for a through ball, nodding it downwards with his head to beat the onrushing Brown, but as he took it into the box his weak shot towards the goal was cleared by Martyn Corrigan.’
    • ‘The third goal in 77 minutes proved a real touch of class with Bavidge taking a great touch from a Christie pass before cleverly sweeping the ball under the onrushing keeper's body from 15 yards.’
    • ‘One such scene of ordered chaos is the Lahore eye hospital, run by the Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust, which sees an onrushing mass of around 1,200 patients a day.’