WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
rush1 /rʌʃ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. 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.
  2. to dash, esp. to dash forward for an attack: [no object]The soldiers rushed forward.[+ object]The soldiers rushed the machine gun nest.
  3. 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.

n. 
  • [countable] the act of rushing;
    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   n. [countable]
    1. Plant Biologyany grasslike plant found in wet or marshy places.
    2. a stem of such a plant, used for making chair bottoms, baskets, etc.

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    rush1 (rush), 
    v.i. 
    1. to move, act, or progress with speed, impetuosity, or violence.
    2. to dash, esp. to dash forward for an attack or onslaught.
    3. to appear, go, pass, etc., rapidly or suddenly:The blood rushed to his face.
    4. Sport[Football.]to carry the ball on a running play or plays.

    v.t. 
  • 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; charge.
  • to overcome or capture (a person, place, etc.).
  • Informal Terms[Informal.]to heap attentions on;
    court intensively;
    woo:to rush an attractive newcomer.
  • to entertain (a prospective fraternity or sorority member) before making bids for membership.
  • [Football.]
    • 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).

    n. 
  • 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.
  • [Football.]
    • 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 Terms[Informal.]a 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. [Slang.]the initial, intensely pleasurable or exhilarated feeling experienced upon taking a narcotic or stimulant drug.

  • adj. 
  • 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.
  • Etymology:
    • 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
    rushing•ly, adv. 
    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. ant'> 18 . sloth, lethargy.
    rush2 (rush), 
    n. 
    1. Plant Biologyany grasslike plant of the genus Juncus, having pithy or hollow stems, found in wet or marshy places. Cf.rush family. 
    2. Plant Biologyany plant of the rush family.
    3. Plant Biologyany of various similar plants.
    4. a stem of such a plant, used for making chair bottoms, mats, baskets, etc.
    5. something of little or no value;
      trifle:not worth a rush.
    Etymology:bef. 900;
    Middle English rusch, risch, Old English rysc, risc;
    cognate with Dutch, obsolete German Rusch
    rushlike′, adj. 

    Rush (rush), 
    n. 
    1. MonarchyBenjamin, 1745–1813, U.S. physician and political leader: author of medical treatises.
    2. Monarchyhis son,Richard, 1780–1859, U.S. lawyer, politician, and diplomat.


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    rush /rʌʃ/ vb
    1. to hurry or cause to hurry; hasten
    2. to make a sudden attack upon (a fortress, position, person, etc)
    3. when intr, often followed by at, in or into: to proceed or approach in a reckless manner
    4. rush one's fencesto proceed with precipitate haste
    5. (intransitive) to come, flow, swell, etc, quickly or suddenly: tears rushed to her eyes
    6. slang to cheat, esp by grossly overcharging
    7. (transitive) US Canadian to make a concerted effort to secure the agreement, participation, etc, of (a person)
    8. (intransitive) to gain ground by running forwards with the ball
    n
    1. the act or condition of rushing
    2. a sudden surge towards someone or something: a gold rush
    3. a sudden surge of sensation, esp produced by a drug
    4. a sudden demand
    adj (prenominal)
    1. requiring speed or urgency: a rush job
    2. characterized by much movement, business, etc: a rush period
    Etymology: 14th Century ruschen, from Old French ruser to put to flight, from Latin recūsāre to refuse, reject

    ˈrusher n
    rush /rʌʃ/ n
    1. 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
    2. something valueless; a trifle; straw: not worth a rush
    3. short for rush light
    Etymology: Old English risce, rysce; related to Middle Dutch risch, Norwegian rusk, Old Slavonic rozga twig, rod

    ˈrushˌlike adj



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