Definition of barrage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbærɑːʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bəˈrɑːʒ//
    Rivers and lakes
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] the continuous firing of a large number of guns in a particular direction, especially to protect soldiers while they are attacking or moving towards the enemy an artillery barrage from at least 1 000 guns
  2. 2[singular] barrage (of something) a large number of something, such as questions or comments, that are directed at somebody very quickly, one after the other, often in an aggressive way a barrage of questions/criticisms/complaints the media’s barrage of attacks on the President’s wife
  3. 3
    NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːrɪdʒ//
    [countable] a wall or barrier built across a river to store water, prevent a flood, etc. See related entries: Rivers and lakes
  4. Word Originmid 19th cent. (in sense (3)): from French, from barrer ‘to bar’, of unknown origin.Extra examples The president is facing a barrage of criticism over his handling of the crisis. The reporters kept up a constant barrage of questions. They built a barrage across the bay. Troops unleashed a barrage of grenades. He pressed ahead with his plans despite coming under a barrage of criticism. She had not been prepared to face this barrage of questions.
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