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Rush \Rush\ (r[u^]sh), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rushed (r[u^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Rushing.] [OE. ruschen; cf. AS. hryscan to make a noise, D. ruischen to rustle, G. rauschen, MHG. r[=u]schen to rush, to rustle, LG. rusken, OSw. ruska, Icel. & Sw. ruska to shake, Dan. ruske to shake, and E. rouse.]

  1. To move forward with impetuosity, violence, and tumultuous rapidity or haste; as, armies rush to battle; waters rush down a precipice.

    Like to an entered tide, they all rush by.

  2. To enter into something with undue haste and eagerness, or without due deliberation and preparation; as, to rush business or speculation.

    They . . . never think it to be a part of religion to rush into the office of princes and ministers.


n. A rapid surging motion. vb. (present participle of rush English)

  1. n. (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running into the line; "the linebackers were ready to stop a rush" [syn: rush]

  2. the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner; "in his haste to leave he forgot his book" [syn: haste, hurry, rush]


Rushing means a sudden forward motion, or a surge or onslaught.

Rushing maybe refer to:

  • Rush (gridiron football), action taken by the offensive team to advance the ball by running, or action taken by the defensive team to charge towards the quarterback or kicker across the line of scrimmage.
  • Human wave attack, an offensive infantry tactic.
  • Rush (video gaming), fast attack or preemptive strike intended to overwhelm an unprepared opponent, or masses of hundreds of players in massive, unorganized squabble in effort to win by gross numerical superiority.
  • Laurie Rushing, member of the Arkansas House of Representatives

Usage examples of "rushing".

Round the corner of the narrow street there came rushing a brace of whining dogs with tails tucked under their legs, and after them a white-faced burgher, with outstretched hands and wide-spread fingers, his hair all abristle and his eyes glinting back from one shoulder to the other, as though some great terror were at his very heels.

The woman appeared to be Hispanic and said something quickly to Casey before rushing back into the tiny adobe house.

Though it may seem to the reader that some time has elapsed since the first sounding of the alarm, all that I have set down took place in a very short period--hardly three minutes elapsing since Tom and the others came rushing out of the aerial warship building.

The silvery aeroplane was rushing through the atmosphere at a great rate.

The moment the Dark sensed she had told you, they must have come rushing, sending the afanc to shock you into giving up what she had said.

An automatic rheostat must have been mounted to the speaker, for the volume rose steadily, until the noise of the storm wind filled the office, a blast of rushing airlike the sounds of an experimental wind tunnel at maximum velocity.

A moment later I heard a noise like ten dog-fights rolled into one, and rushing out I found my friend rolling on the ground with his arms round the workman who was helping to stack my artesian tubing.

The spot where the brooklet came rushing over its rocky steep was reached, the ferns gathered and bepraised, before a word was interchanged between the stranger knight and me.

Through the open country Bibbs was borne flying between brown fields and sun-flecked groves of gray trees, to breathe the rushing, clean air beneath a glorious sky--that sky so despised in the city, and so maltreated there, that from early October to mid-May it was impossible for men to remember that blue is the rightful color overhead.

Though that front guard post was a good vantage point for seeing the terrain clear to the sea on clear days, one could hear very little there of what went on inside and to the rear of the castle, because that topmost sentinel tower was situated directly above the noisy rushing waters of the Blabbermouth River, which kept up an endless, senseless stream of chatter day and night.

When the griffins wearily leveled out, heads bent down between their spread wings, ready to soar or sideslip if the thing came for them, the blueness leaped into a long flash of azure light, rushing in zigzags underneath them faster even than lightning, and disappeared into the distance behind.

Glancing back at the rest of the Elite Eight, Balthor could see they had finished off most of the dementia panthers and that Joha and Brue were rushing to help Tybiel.

But then he noticed that the shore off to starboard seemed to be about a mile away and that the raft was rushing along amid occasional clumps of tree trunks.

Chill winds were rushing through the valley, and they were probably stronger, colder, where she was.

Earth Science, from photos that had never hinted at the transparencies of a worldly sky, Or the coolth of a storm wind and the rushing sound it made in the grasses.