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

  • intransitive v. To move or act swiftly; hurry.
  • intransitive v. To make a sudden or swift attack or charge.
  • intransitive v. To flow or surge rapidly, often with noise: Tons of water rushed over the falls.
  • intransitive v. Football To move the ball by running.
  • transitive v. To cause to move or act with unusual haste or violence.
  • transitive v. To perform with great haste: rushed completion of the project.
  • transitive v. To attack swiftly and suddenly: Infantry rushed the enemy after the artillery barrage.
  • transitive v. To transport or carry hastily: An ambulance rushed her to the hospital.
  • transitive v. To entertain or pay great attention to: They rushed him for their fraternity.
  • transitive v. Football To run at (a passer or kicker) in order to block or disrupt a play.
  • n. A sudden forward motion.
  • n. Surging emotion: a rush of shame.
  • n. An anxious and eager movement to get to or from a place: a rush to the goldfields.
  • n. A sudden, very insistent, generalized demand: a rush for gold coins.
  • n. General haste or busyness: The office always operates in a rush.
  • n. A sudden attack; an onslaught.
  • n. A rapid, often noisy flow or passage. See Synonyms at flow.
  • n. Football An attempt to move the ball by running.
  • n. Football An act of running at a passer or kicker in order to block or prevent a play.
  • n. Sports A rapid advance of the puck toward the opponent's goal in ice hockey.
  • n. The first, unedited print of a movie scene.
  • n. A time of attention, usually one in which extensive social activity occurs.
  • n. A drive by a Greek society on a college campus to recruit new members: a sorority rush.
  • n. The intensely pleasurable sensation experienced immediately after use of a stimulant or a mind-altering drug.
  • n. A sudden, brief exhilaration: A familiar rush overtook him each time the store announced a half-price special on expensive stereo equipment.
  • adj. Performed with or requiring great haste or urgency: a rush job; a rush order.
  • n. Any of various stiff marsh plants of the genus Juncus, having pliant hollow or pithy stems and small flowers with scalelike perianths.
  • n. Any of various similar, usually aquatic plants.
  • n. The stem of one of these plants, used in making baskets, mats, and chair seats.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sudden forward motion.
  • n. A surge.
  • n. General haste.
  • n. A rapid, noisy flow.
  • n. A sudden attack; an onslaught.
  • n. The act of running at another player to block or disrupt play.
  • n. A sudden, brief exhilaration, for instance the pleasurable sensation produced by a stimulant.
  • n. A regulated period of recruitment in fraternities and sororities.
  • n. A roquet in which the object ball is sent to a particular location on the lawn.
  • v. To hurry; to perform a task with great haste.
  • v. To flow rapidly or noisily.
  • v. To dribble rapidly.
  • v. To run directly at another player in order to block or disrupt play.
  • v. To cause to move or act with unusual haste.
  • v. To make a swift or sudden attack.
  • v. To swiftly attach to without warning.
  • v. To transport or carry quickly.
  • v. To roquet an object ball to a particular location on the lawn..
  • adj. Performed with, or requiring urgency or great haste, or done under pressure.
  • n. Any of several stiff aquatic or marsh plants of the genus Juncus, having hollow or pithy stems and small flowers.
  • n. The stem of such plants used in making baskets, mats, the seats of chairs, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A name given to many aquatic or marsh-growing endogenous plants with soft, slender stems, as the species of Juncus and Scirpus.
  • n. The merest trifle; a straw.
  • n. A moving forward with rapidity and force or eagerness; a violent motion or course.
  • n. Great activity with pressure.
  • n. A perfect recitation.
  • n.
  • n. A rusher.
  • n. The act of running with the ball.
  • intransitive v. To move forward with impetuosity, violence, and tumultuous rapidity or haste.
  • intransitive v. To enter into something with undue haste and eagerness, or without due deliberation and preparation.
  • transitive v. To push or urge forward with impetuosity or violence; to hurry forward.
  • transitive v. To recite (a lesson) or pass (an examination) without an error.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • In rowing, to come forward too fast; to rush the slide.
  • To surround with many attentions and entertain often: as, to rush a girl; to rush a man for a fraternity.
  • n. In gold-mining, a place where gold is found in quantities: so called from the rush of miners to mark out claims.
  • Characterized by haste; requiring haste.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A wick. Compare rush-candle.
  • n. Figuratively, anything weak, worthless, or of trivial value; the merest trifle; a straw.
  • n. A small patch of underwood. Halliwell. [Prov. Eng.]
  • n. The lemon-grass or ginger-grass, Andropogon Schœnanthus.
  • n. (See nut-rush, scouring-rush, and wood-rush.)
  • n. A driving forward with eagerness and haste; a motion or course of action marked by violent or tumultuous haste: as, a rush of troops; a rush of winds.
  • n. An eager demand; a run.
  • n. In foot-ball, a play by which one of the contestants forces his way with the ball through the line of his opponents toward their goal.
  • n. A very successful passing of an examination, or a correct recitation.
  • n. A scrimmage between classes or bodies of students. such as occurs at some American colleges.
  • n. Extreme urgency of affairs; urgent pressure; such a quantity or quality of anything as to cause extraordinary effort or haste: as, a rush of business.
  • n. A stampede, as of cattle, horses, etc.
  • n. A company; a flock or flight, as of birds.
  • n. In mining or blasting, same as spire.
  • n. A feast or merrymaking. Halliwell. [Prov. Eng.]

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

  • v. urge to an unnatural speed
  • n. the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
  • n. a sudden burst of activity
  • adj. done under pressure
  • n. a sudden forceful flow
  • adj. not accepting reservations
  • n. physician and American Revolutionary leader; signer of the Declaration of Independence (1745-1813)
  • n. grasslike plants growing in wet places and having cylindrical often hollow stems
  • v. act or move at high speed
  • n. (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running into the line
  • v. run with the ball, in football
  • v. move fast
  • v. cause to move fast or to rush or race
  • v. attack suddenly
  • n. the swift release of a store of affective force
  • v. cause to occur rapidly


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).
Middle English, from Old English rysc.

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'.

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