What is barrage?

  • (noun): The heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area rather than hit a specific target.
    Example: "They laid down a barrage in front of the advancing troops"
    Synonyms: barrage fire, battery, bombardment, shelling
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on barrage:

Battle Of Poelcappelle - Battle - Fifth Army
... occupied shell-hole positions so close to the British jumping-off line that the British barrage overshot them ... The British attack lost the barrage and was stopped 100–200 yards (91–180 m) beyond the front line ... three stages, with an hour to consolidate behind a standing and smoke barrage after each of the first two objectives were reached ...

More definitions of "barrage":

  • (verb): Attack with a barrage.
    Example: "The speaker was barraged by an angry audience"
  • (noun): The rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written).
    Synonyms: outpouring, onslaught

Famous quotes containing the word barrage:

    The rising power of the United States in world affairs ... requires, not a more compliant press, but a relentless barrage of facts and criticism.... Our job in this age, as I see it, is not to serve as cheerleaders for our side in the present world struggle but to help the largest possible number of people to see the realities of the changing and convulsive world in which American policy must operate.
    James Reston (b. 1909)

    Are you more likely to tolerate drivel than you were four years ago? I think the answer is yes. Four years of Reagan has deadened the senses against a barrage of uninterrupted nonsense.
    Alexander Cockburn (b. 1941)