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Definitions of barrage

  1. An artificial bar or obstruction placed in a river or water course to increase the depth of water; as, the barrages of the Nile. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A curtain of bursting shells fired by artillery so as to pass over the heads of advancing troops and fall in a line in front of them to protect them from attack. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. A barrier, as in a watercourse, to raise its depth. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. Concentrated fire on an enemy's line to prevent reenforcement. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for barrage

  1. A German brigadier, caught under their barrage came up to a troop of chasseurs and when they demanded his surrender asked curtly, " Where's your superior officer?" – The Martial Adventures of Henry and Me by William Allen White
  2. Instead of acting sensibly, the islanders had met the fleet with a cannon barrage and a Declaration stating that they would fight to the death for their liberty. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
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