from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various grasslike wetland plants of the genus Juncus, having stiff hollow or pithy stems and small usually clustered brownish flowers.
  • noun Any of various similar plants, such as a bulrush.
  • noun The stem of one of these plants, used in making baskets, mats, and chair seats.
  • intransitive verb To move swiftly; hurry.
  • intransitive verb To act with great haste.
  • intransitive verb To make a sudden or swift attack or charge.
  • intransitive verb To flow or surge rapidly, often with noise.
  • intransitive verb Football To advance the ball or attempt to advance the ball from scrimmage by carrying it rather than passing.
  • intransitive verb To cause to move rapidly.
  • intransitive verb To cause to act with haste.
  • intransitive verb To perform with great haste.
  • intransitive verb To attack swiftly and suddenly.
  • intransitive verb To transport or carry hastily.
  • intransitive verb To entertain or pay great attention to.
  • intransitive verb Football To run toward (a passer or kicker) in order to block or disrupt a play.
  • noun A sudden movement toward something.
  • noun An anxious and eager movement to get to or from a place.
  • noun A sudden widespread demand.
  • noun General haste or busyness.
  • noun A sudden attack; an onslaught.
  • noun A rapid, often noisy flow or passage.
  • noun A large or overwhelming number or amount.
  • noun An attempt to advance the ball from scrimmage by carrying it.
  • noun An act of running at a passer or kicker in order to block or prevent a play.
  • noun Sports A rapid advance of the puck toward the opponent's goal in ice hockey.
  • noun The first, unedited print of a movie scene.
  • noun A drive by a Greek society on a college campus to recruit new members.
  • noun A surge or release of emotion: synonym: flow.
  • noun A sudden, brief exhilaration.
  • noun The intensely pleasurable sensation experienced immediately after use of a stimulant or a mind-altering drug.
  • adjective Performed with or requiring great haste or urgency.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any plant belonging to the order Juncaceæ, especially a plant of the genus Juncus; also extended to some sedges (Carex), horsetails (Equisetum), and a few other plants.
  • noun A wick. Compare rush-candle.
  • noun Figuratively, anything weak, worthless, or of trivial value; the merest trifle; a straw.
  • noun A small patch of underwood. Halliwell. [Prov. Eng.]
  • noun The lemon-grass or ginger-grass, Andropogon Schœnanthus.
  • noun (See nut-rush, scouring-rush, and wood-rush.)
  • To gather rushes.
  • To move or drive forward with impetuosity, violence, or tumultuous rapidity.
  • To move or act with undue eagerness, or without due deliberation and preparation; hurry: as, to rush into business or politics.
  • In foot-ball, to fill the position of a rusher.
  • To take part in a college rush. See rush, n., 5.
  • To cause to rush; cause to go swiftly or violently; drive or thrust furiously; hence, to force impetuously or hastily; hurry; overturn.
  • Specifically In foot-ball, to force by main strength toward the goal of one's opponents: said of the ball.
  • To secure by rushing.
  • To cause to hasten; especially, to urge to undue haste; drive; push.


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

[Middle English, from Old English rysc.]

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

[Middle English rushen, from Anglo-Norman russher, variant of Old French ruser, to drive back, from Latin recūsāre, to reject : re-, re- + causārī, to give as a reason (from causa, cause).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English rusch, risch, from Old English rysc, risc, from Proto-Germanic *ruskijō (compare West Frisian risk, Dutch rus ‘bulrush’, Norwegian dialect ryskje ‘hair-grass’), from Proto-Indo-European *resg- ‘to plait, wattle’ (compare Irish rusg ‘bark’, Latin restis ‘rope’, Latvian režģis ‘basketwork’, Albanian rrush ("grapes"), Serbo-Croatian rògoz ‘reed’, Ancient Greek ἄρριχος (arrikhos, "basket"), Persian raɣza ‘woollen cloth’).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English ruschen, russchen ("to rush, startle"), from Old English hryscan, hrȳscan ("to jolt, startle"), from Proto-Germanic *hruskijanan (“to startle, drive”), *hruskanan, *hurskanan (“to be quick, be clever”), from Proto-Indo-European *kors- (“to run, hurry”). Cognate with Old High German hurscan ("to speed, accelerate"), Old English horsc ("quick, quick-witted, clever"). More at hurry. Perhaps related to Albanian rash ("I fell, precipitate").


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  • "MYRRHINA: Where does he dwell, the beautiful young hermit who will not look at the face of woman? Has he a house of reeds or a house of burnt clay or does he lie on a hillside? Or does he make his bed in the rushes?"

    - Oscar Wilde, 'La Sainte Courtisane'.

    June 6, 2009