WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
rush1 /rʌʃ/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to (cause to) move with great or too much speed: [no object]He rushed ahead with the plan.[~ + object]He rushed the nomination through the committee.
- to dash, esp. to dash forward for an attack: [no object]The soldiers rushed forward.[~ + object]The soldiers rushed the machine gun nest.
- to (cause to) appear, go, etc., rapidly or suddenly: [no object]The train rushed by.[~ + object]Rush him to a hospital; he's badly hurt.
adj. [before a noun]
- [countable] the act of rushing;
a rapid or violent onward movement.
- hurried activity;
busy haste:[uncountable]There's no rush; what's your hurry?
- press of work, business, etc., requiring effort or haste:[uncountable]the mid-morning rush.
- a rushing of numbers of persons to some region:[countable]the California gold rush.
- Slang Terms[countable; usually singular] the intense feeling experienced from the early moments after taking a drug.
rush2 /rʌʃ/USA pronunciation
- requiring or done in haste:a rush job.
- characterized by too much business, a press of work or traffic, etc.:rush hour traffic.
- Plant Biologyany grasslike plant found in wet or marshy places.
- a stem of such a plant, used for making chair bottoms, baskets, etc.
rush1 (rush),USA pronunciation
- to move, act, or progress with speed, impetuosity, or violence.
- to dash, esp. to dash forward for an attack or onslaught.
- to appear, go, pass, etc., rapidly or suddenly:The blood rushed to his face.
- Sport[Football.]to carry the ball on a running play or plays.
- to perform, accomplish, or finish with speed, impetuosity, or violence:They rushed the work to make the deadline.
- to carry or convey with haste:to rush an injured person to the hospital.
- to cause to move, act, or progress quickly;
hurry:He rushed his roommate to get to the party on time.
- to send, push, force, impel, etc., with unusual speed or haste:to rush a bill through Congress.
- to attack suddenly and violently;
- to overcome or capture (a person, place, etc.).
- Informal Termsto heap attentions on;
woo:to rush an attractive newcomer.
- to entertain (a prospective fraternity or sorority member) before making bids for membership.
- to carry (the ball) forward across the line of scrimmage.
- to carry the ball (a distance) forward from the line of scrimmage:The home team rushed 145 yards.
- (of a defensive team member) to attempt to force a way quickly into the backfield in pursuit of (the back in possession of the ball).
- the act of rushing;
a rapid, impetuous, or violent onward movement.
- a hostile attack.
- an eager rushing of numbers of persons to some region that is being occupied or exploited, esp. because of a new mine:the gold rush to California.
- a sudden appearance or access:a rush of tears.
- hurried activity;
busy haste:the rush of city life.
- a hurried state, as from pressure of affairs:to be in a rush.
- press of work, business, traffic, etc., requiring extraordinary effort or haste.
- an attempt to carry or instance of carrying the ball across the line of scrimmage.
- an act or instance of rushing the offensive back in possession of the ball.
- a scrimmage held as a form of sport between classes or bodies of students in colleges.
- Cinema, Show Businessrushes, [Motion Pictures.]daily (def. 4).
- Informal Termsa series of lavish attentions paid a woman by a suitor:He gave her a big rush.
- the rushing by a fraternity or sorority.
- Slang TermsAlso called flash. the initial, intensely pleasurable or exhilarated feeling experienced upon taking a narcotic or stimulant drug.
- requiring or done in haste:a rush order; rush work.
- characterized by excessive business, a press of work or traffic, etc.:The cafeteria's rush period was from noon to two in the afternoon.
- characterized by the rushing of potential new members by a sorority or fraternity:rush week on the university campus.
- Late Latin recūsāre, to push back, Latin: to refuse. See recuse, ruse; (noun, nominal) Middle English rus(s)che, derivative of the verb, verbal
- Anglo-French russher, russer, Old French re(h)usser, re(h)user, ruser
- (verb, verbal) Middle English ruschen 1325–75
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged hasten, run. Rush, hurry, dash, speed imply swiftness of movement. Rush implies haste and sometimes violence in motion through some distance:to rush to the store.Hurry suggests a sense of strain or agitation, a breathless rushing to get to a definite place by a certain time:to hurry to an appointment.Dash implies impetuosity or spirited, swift movement for a short distance:to dash to the neighbor's.Speed means to go fast, usually by means of some type of transportation, and with some smoothness of motion:to speed to a nearby city.
rush2 (rush),USA pronunciation
- 18.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sloth, lethargy.
- Plant Biologyany grasslike plant of the genus Juncus, having pithy or hollow stems, found in wet or marshy places. Cf. rush family.
- Plant Biologyany plant of the rush family.
- Plant Biologyany of various similar plants.
- a stem of such a plant, used for making chair bottoms, mats, baskets, etc.
- something of little or no value;
trifle:not worth a rush.
Rush (rush),USA pronunciation
- bef. 900; Middle English rusch, risch, Old English rysc, risc; cognate with Dutch, obsolete German Rusch
- BiographicalBenjamin, 1745–1813, U.S. physician and political leader: author of medical treatises.
- Biographicalhis son, Richard, 1780–1859, U.S. lawyer, politician, and diplomat.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
rush /rʌʃ/ vb
- to hurry or cause to hurry; hasten
- to make a sudden attack upon (a fortress, position, person, etc)
- when intr, often followed by at, in or into: to proceed or approach in a reckless manner
- rush one's fences ⇒ to proceed with precipitate haste
- (intransitive) to come, flow, swell, etc, quickly or suddenly: tears rushed to her eyes
- slang to cheat, esp by grossly overcharging
- (transitive) US Canadian to make a concerted effort to secure the agreement, participation, etc, of (a person)
- (intransitive) to gain ground by running forwards with the ball
- the act or condition of rushing
- a sudden surge towards someone or something: a gold rush
- a sudden surge of sensation, esp produced by a drug
- a sudden demand
Etymology: 14th Century ruschen, from Old French ruser to put to flight, from Latin recūsāre to refuse, rejectˈrusher n
- requiring speed or urgency: a rush job
- characterized by much movement, business, etc: a rush period
rush /rʌʃ/ n
Etymology: Old English risce, rysce; related to Middle Dutch risch, Norwegian rusk, Old Slavonic rozga twig, rodˈrushˌlike adj
- any annual or perennial plant of the genus Juncus, growing in wet places and typically having grasslike cylindrical leaves and small green or brown flowers: family Juncaceae Many species are used to make baskets
- something valueless; a trifle; straw: not worth a rush
- short for rush light
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