barrage vs shelling what difference

what is difference between barrage and shelling

English

Etymology

Borrowed from French barrage (barrage, barrier). Compare barrier.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbæɹɑːʒ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /bəˈɹɑːʒ/

Noun

barrage (plural barrages)

  1. An artificial obstruction, such as a dam, in a river designed to increase its depth or to divert its flow.
    Hyponym: dam
  2. (military) A heavy curtain of artillery fire directed in front of one’s own troops to screen and protect them.
    • 2014, Edward G. Lengel, A Companion to the Meuse-Argonne Campaign, John Wiley & Sons (→ISBN), page 350:
      The 75s of V Corps fired a standard rolling barrage, while the larger 155 mm and 8-inch pieces fired standing barrages 500 meters beyond the barrage line. For the rolling barrage, one battery in each battalion fired low, bursting shrapnel instead of the standard high explosive.
  3. A concentrated discharge of projectile weapons.
  4. (by extension) An overwhelming outburst of words, especially of criticism.
  5. (fencing) A “next hit wins” contest to determine the winner of a bout in case of a tie.
  6. Type of firework containing a mixture of firework types in one single-ignition package.

Derived terms

  • barrage balloon
  • barrage jamming
  • rolling barrage

Translations

Verb

barrage (third-person singular simple present barrages, present participle barraging, simple past and past participle barraged)

  1. (transitive) To direct a barrage at.
    Synonym: bombard

Further reading

  • barrage (dam) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • barrage (artillery) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

French

Etymology

barrer +‎ -age

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ba.ʁaʒ/, /bɑ.ʁaʒ/

Noun

barrage m (plural barrages)

  1. dam, barrage
  2. barrier, roadblock

Derived terms

  • faire barrage à
  • tir de barrage

Further reading

  • “barrage” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • bagarre, bagarré


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃɛlɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛlɪŋ

Verb

shelling

  1. present participle of shell

Noun

shelling (countable and uncountable, plural shellings)

  1. An artillery bombardment.
  2. The removal of the shell from a nut, pea etc.
  3. (uncountable) grain from which the husk has been removed.
  4. (topology) An ordering of the facets of a boundary complex such that the intersection of each facet (other than the first) with the union of all preceding facets is homeomorphic to a ball or sphere. See Shelling (topology)
  5. Shallow, irregular cracks that appear on the surface of a coating such as plaster or mortar.

Translations

Anagrams

  • Hellings

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