Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sudden rushing in; an influx.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A crowding or flooding in.
  • v. To rush in.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rush inwards.
  • intransitive v. To rush in.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rush in.
  • n. A rushing in; a sudden invasion or incursion; an irruption.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an inflow

Etymologies

From in- + rush. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Wind satisfies these conditions in the highest degree (fire only becomes flame and moves rapidly when wind accompanies it): so that not water nor earth is the cause of earthquakes but wind-that is, the inrush of the external evaporation into the earth.

    Meteorology

  • Any inrush into political activity by hundreds of thousands or millions of people will bring forward a certain number of wackos, weirdoes and witches.

    Notable & Quotable

  • The pioneer has done his work in this north of the bay region, the foundations are laid, and all is ready for the inevitable inrush of population and adequate development of resources which so far have been no more than skimmed, and casually and carelessly skimmed at that.

    FOUR HORSES AND A SAILOR

  • Tornadoes are fed by an inrush of air at ground level.

    Weatherwatch: tornadoes and trailer parks

  • Time slowed, and the common inrush of breath sounded low and slow to my time-dilated perceptions.

    Crossed

  • OTTAWA — Canada's immigration minister proposed sweeping changes to the country's asylum legislation on Tuesday, aiming to help clear a multiyear backlog in processing refugee applications and stem a recent inrush of claimants.

    Canada Targets Asylum Laws

  • And so when you get a movement that energizes a whole lot of people who haven't been previously involved in politics, when you get an inrush of hundreds of thousands or millions of previously uninvolved people into political activity, you get two things.

    Is There A Sarah Palin Effect?

  • He noted that an inrush of water many thousands of years ago as glacial ice was melting at the end of the last ice age caused Europe to enter another cold spell.

    It's more than genes, it's networks and systems - The Panda's Thumb

  • I see the whole thing as carved out by the inrush of water and overflowing the banks.

    BCSE critiques "Explore Evolution" - The Panda's Thumb

  • Once she had left, though, I pulled the embroidered hanging away from the window, and the feeling blew away with the inrush of cool air.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

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