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barrage (noun) a wall or a barrier built across a river to prevent floods and to store water as in a reservoir; a heavy firing by a number of guns at the same time to give cover or protection to its advancing army; a series of questions shot at a person; a series of speeches an audience is made to listen to.

A strong wall or a barrier built across a river, to check the swiftness of its current or to control floods, and to store water, is a barrage. The firing of a number of guns at the same time by a part of the army to offer the advancing section of the same army, cover from the enemy attack is a barrage of gun fire. A barrage of gun fire is also launched to check the advance of the enemy army. A series of questions, rather difficult to answer, put to a person, is a barrage of questions. A number of lectures at a stretch is a barrage of lectures. It is likely to tire the audience.

  • The barrage built across the river while checking the disaster caused by floods, stores enough water for irrigation of 10000 acres.
  • The advancing ranks of the invading army were greeted by a terrible barrage of gunfire and shelling from the soldiers inside the fort, and were forced to retreat.
  • After being subject to a barrage of speeches and harangues, the audiences were relieved as the tea break was announced.
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