Military. a heavy barrier of artillery fire to protect one’s own advancing or retreating troops or to stop the advance of enemy troops.
an overwhelming quantity or explosion, as of words, blows, or criticisms:
a barrage of questions.
Civil Engineering. an artificial obstruction in a watercourse to increase the depth of the water, facilitate irrigation, etc.
Mycology. an aversion response of sexually incompatible fungus cultures that are growing in proximity, revealed by a persistent growth gap between them.
to subject to a barrage.
Contemporary Examples

Assault rifles are light and accurate, but no sportsman is going to pour a barrage of hot lead into a deer.
One Redneck’s Gun Stand Joe McLean February 12, 2013

Over the past two days, Hamas has launched a barrage of rockets into southern Israel.
Some Context For The Rockets From Gaza Emily L. Hauser June 19, 2012

Ultimately, The Slap becomes something heartwarming amidst the barrage of stinging smacks.
Viral Video of the Day: Slapping Brings People Together Alex Chancey June 24, 2014

He weathered a barrage of investigations and $20 billion in fines—and still made a gigantic profit.
Jamie Dimon Is Totally Underpaid Joshua M. Brown January 23, 2014

The barrage and immediacy of these images magnifies these horrors.
You, Too, Could Be a Homicidal Zealot Joel Gold July 6, 2014

Historical Examples

In the meantime we got through the barrage all right, though we lost some of our men.
Into the Jaws of Death Jack O’Brien

It was on the brink of the barrage itself that I spoke to Bailey.
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson

Their previous training had been to follow a barrage which moved forward by bounds of a hundred yards.
The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1914-1918 Frederick William Bewsher

But we did not for a long time leave the influence of the barrage.
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson

The first two tanks, escaping the barrage, lurched on towards Poelcapelle.
A Company of Tanks W. H. L. Watson

(military) the firing of artillery to saturate an area, either to protect against an attack or to support an advance
an overwhelming and continuous delivery of something, as words, questions, or punches
a usually gated construction, similar to a low dam, across a watercourse, esp one to increase the depth of water to assist navigation or irrigation
(fencing) a heat or series of bouts in a competition
(transitive) to attack or confront with a barrage: the speaker was barraged with abuse

1859, “action of barring; man-made barrier in a stream,” from French barrer “to stop,” from barre “bar,” from Old French barre (see bar (n.1)). Artillery sense is 1916, from World War I French phrase tir de barrage “barrier fire” intended to isolate the objective. As a verb by 1917. Related: Barraged; barraging.


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