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

Since January, the White House has released 217 notices related to energy, barraging reporters with multiple missives each day.
Amid Attacks, Obama Tries to Maintain High Ground on Energy Daniel Stone March 20, 2012

Historical Examples

They were barraging the ground about Loos fiercely and continuously.
Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs

Targets various—mostly “barraging” Mametz Wood and ground immediately to the west of it.
Servants of the Guns Jeffery E. Jeffery

The Germans were barraging the crest of the hill, with their universal-shell bursting high with black oily clouds.
From Bapaume to Passchendaele, 1917 Philip Gibbs

The roar of the guns was louder than ever again, barraging the second line.
Saint’s Progress John Galsworthy

(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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