A barrage is something that comes quickly and heavily — as an attack of bullets or artillery, or a fast spray of words.

Sometimes in movies or news footage, the audience gets a glimpse from behind a mounted weapon and sees a heavy rain of bombs or bullets — called a barrage — going toward a target, sending as much POW! as possible to hit a wide area. Words become a barrage when spoken or written in uncontrollable anger or with overflowing emotion: "Her human-rights speech was a barrage of passion. It was hard to keep up with, but we felt the intensity of her cause."

Definitions of 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”
barrage fire, battery, bombardment, shelling
Type of:
fire, firing
the act of firing weapons or artillery at an enemy

n the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)

“a barrage of questions”
bombardment, onslaught, outpouring
Type of:
language, linguistic communication
a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols

v address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage

“The speaker was barraged by an angry audience”
Type of:
assail, assault, attack, lash out, round, snipe
attack in speech or writing

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