barrage (n.)

1859, "action of barring; man-made barrier in a stream" (for irrigation, etc.), 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.

updated on April 01, 2017

Definitions of barrage from WordNet
barrage (n.)
the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written);
a barrage of questions
barrage (n.)
the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target;
they laid down a barrage in front of the advancing troops
Synonyms: barrage fire / battery / bombardment / shelling
barrage (v.)
address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage;
The speaker was barraged by an angry audience
Synonyms: bombard
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