WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
rush1 /rʌʃ/USA pronunciation
[countable] the act of rushing;
- 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.
a rapid or violent onward movement.
[uncountable] hurried activity;
busy haste:There's no rush; what's your hurry?
[uncountable] press of work, business, etc., requiring effort or haste:the mid-morning rush.
[countable] a rushing of numbers of persons to some region:the California gold rush.
Slang Terms[countable; usually singular] the intense feeling experienced from the early moments after taking a drug.
adj. [before a noun]
requiring or done in haste:a rush job.
characterized by too much business, a press of work or traffic, etc.:rush hour traffic.
rush2 /rʌʃ/USA pronunciation
- Plant Biologyany grasslike plant found in wet or marshy places.
- a stem of such a plant, used for making chair bottoms, baskets, etc.
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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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