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

  • n. The rush of water from a breaking wave onto a beach. Also called swash.

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  • n. An upwards rush.
  • v. To rush upward.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act of rushing upward; an upbreak or upburst.
  • intransitive v. To rush upward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rush upward. Southey, Thalaba, xii.
  • n. A rush upward.


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From up- +‎ rush.


  • I have heard parts of the opera in workshop performances over the years; in fact, I feel our friendship was sealed when I heard its lush opening in a Manhattan performance space several years ago, and thrilled to the uprush of music.

    "Before Night Falls" in Fort Worth

  • When I have studied or talked with seekers who have had this variety of the spiritual experience, they have told me of a joy that passes understanding, an immense surge of creativity, an instant uprush of kindness and tolerance that makes them impassioned champions for the betterment of all, bridge-builders, magnets for solutions, peacemakers, pathfinders.

    Dr. Jean Houston: Spirituality and the Meaning of Mysticism for Our Time

  • If we feel sexually attracted to the same gender, we convince ourselves this uprush of inner feeling—often rooted in something gone wrong in our formative years—is actually genetic, or God-ordained, or the expression of who we “really” are.


  • An uprush of air makes the curtains billow inward.

    The Lady Matador’s Hotel

  • She hadn't known she'd be able to sense it, but the keystone was part of her, formed of her magic and linked to her, and so she'd felt that first fierce uprush of energy as the keystone began to give up its spell.

    Tran Siberian

  • He was passing within fifty feet of the creature, and despite the abnormal and curiously detached psychological state in which he had been ever since leaving Jupiter, he felt a sudden uprush of excitement, wonder-and sheer personal pride.


  • It was heavy, this vapour, heavier than the densest smoke, so that, after the first tumultuous uprush and outflow of its impact, it sank down through the air and poured over the ground in a manner rather liquid than gaseous, abandoning the hills, and streaming into the valleys and ditches and watercourses even as I have heard the carbonic-acid gas that pours from volcanic clefts is wont to do.

    The War of The Worlds

  • The coiling uprush of smoke streamed across the sky, and through the rare tatters of that red canopy, remote as though they belonged to another universe, shone the little stars.

    The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells

  • They came down towards him, fitfully, eddyingly, and passed aside out of the uprush from the fan.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • A second rose still nearer us, a third, and a fourth, and then a great uprush of dust,

    In the Days of the Comet


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