from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An artificial obstruction, such as a dam or irrigation channel, built in a watercourse to increase its depth or to divert its flow.
  • n. A heavy curtain of artillery fire directed in front of friendly troops to screen and protect them.
  • n. A rapid, concentrated discharge of missiles, as from small arms.
  • n. An overwhelming, concentrated outpouring, as of words: a barrage of criticism.
  • transitive v. To direct a barrage at.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an artificial obstruction, such as a dam, in a river designed to increase its depth or to divert its flow
  • n. a heavy curtain of artillery fire directed in front of one's own troops to screen and protect them (Wikipedia)
  • n. a concentrated discharge of projectile weapons
  • n. an overwhelming outburst of words, especially of criticism
  • n. A "next hit wins" contest to determine the winner of a bout in case of a tie.
  • v. to direct a barrage at; to bombard

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An artificial bar or obstruction placed in a river or watercourse to increase the depth of water.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of barring; specifically, the formation of an artificial obstruction in a watercourse, in order to increase the depth of the water, to facilitate irrigation, and for other purposes.
  • n. The artificial bar thus formed; especially, one of those on the river Nile in Egypt.
  • n. In playing instruments like the guitar, the application of the finger of the left hand across all or some of the strings near the nut, so as to shorten them uniformly and thus raise their pitch; a temporary nut. (See nut, 3. and capo tasto.) When the finger stops part of the strings the barrage is little; if all, great or grand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)
  • v. address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage
  • n. the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target


French, from barrer, to bar, from barre, bar, from Old French; see bar1.
French (tir de) barrage, barrier (fire); see barrage1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French barrage (Wiktionary)


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  • Every time I hear this I think of the British officer in Stan Freberg's "The United States of America": "HELLo, they've begun their BARRage..."

    November 20, 2008