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English noun: onrush

1. onrush (act) (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)


SamplesThe attack began at dawn.


Synonymsattack, onset, onslaught


Broader (hypernym)military operation, operation


Narrower (hyponym)banzai attack, banzai charge, blitz, blitzkrieg, bombardment, bombing, charge, counterattack, countermove, coup de main, diversion, diversionary attack, fire, firing, ground attack, incursion, penetration, strafe, strike, surprise attack


Part holonymassault


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

2. onrush (event) a forceful forward rush or flow


SamplesFrom the bow she stared at the mesmerising onrush of the sea where it split and foamed.
The explosion interrupted the wild onrush of her thoughts.


Broader (hypernym)rush, spate, surge, upsurge









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