barrage /ˈbarɑːʒ/


I. noun

1. a concentrated artillery bombardment over a wide area.

his forces launched an artillery barrage on the city.
2. an overwhelming number of questions, criticisms, or complaints delivered simultaneously or in rapid succession

a barrage of questions.

3. an artificial barrier across a river or estuary to prevent flooding, aid irrigation or navigation, or to generate electricity by tidal power.

they are considering a tidal barrage built across the Severn estuary.
II. verb [with obj.]

1. bombard (someone) with questions, criticisms, or complaints

his doctor was barraged with unsolicited advice.
– origin mid 19th cent. (in sense 2 of the noun): from French, from barrer ‘to bar’, of unknown origin.

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