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.
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
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.
a lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri, of the rivers of Australia. Historical Examples It is closely related to the barramunda of the Queensland rivers belonging to the order Dipnoi. The Principles of Stratigraphical Geology J. E. Marr In the barramunda (Neoceratodus) there are both external and internal nares, the former being situated just within the upper lip. […]
barramunda. Historical Examples In a mangrove creek a shoal of barramundi had been bombed with dynamite. Tropic Days E. J. Banfield The barramundi does not leave the water, nor can it live long in the air. Zoology: The Science of Animal Life Ernest Ingersoll noun (pl) -dis, -dies, -di any of several large edible Australian […]
a steep-walled ravine or gorge. a gully with steep sides; arroyo. Historical Examples They approached across the high plains, making straight for the entrance to this barranca. The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey The next question that arose was, how I was to get across the barranca. The War Trail Mayne Reid All at once a […]
a city in N Colombia.
a seaport in N Colombia, on the Magdalena River. Historical Examples As a consequence, no one can calculate when leaving Honda, how long it will take him to reach Barranquilla. Up the Orinoco and down the Magdalena H. J. Mozans He knew nothing of her, except that she had embarked at Honda and was bound […]