• WordNet 3.6
    • n onrush (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons) "the attack began at dawn"
    • n onrush a forceful forward rush or flow "from the bow she stared at the mesmerising onrush of the sea where it split and foamed","the explosion interrupted the wild onrush of her thoughts"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Onrush A rushing onward.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n onrush A rush or dash onward; a rapid or violent onset.
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In literature:

They would endanger every life on the onrushing Thunderbolt to gain their ends.
"The Boy Scout Fire Fighters" by Robert Maitland
But, after the first onrush of horror, life came again to Omega's numbed senses.
"Omega, the Man" by Lowell Howard Morrow
Thus with three strokes the master Coleridge depicts the onrush of the night over boundless spaces of sky and sea.
"The Enjoyment of Art" by Carleton Noyes
They received the onrushing Highlanders with a sharp fire.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
He was caught in a mad onrush; he was howled at; spat upon.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
Only the Central Station remained, a few moments defiant under the swift onrush of its unfeeling foe.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
On the beach the smothering onrush of the gale beat me down, drove me before it.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
He heeded not the wounds, he never felt them, for the awful roar of the onrushing waters was in his ears.
"The Frontiersman" by H. A. Cody
I was in a scrap of America which the onrushing tide of world advancement had left stranded and forgotten.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
Schwartzmann must have sensed it even before he saw the onrushing death.
"Brood of the Dark Moon" by Charles Willard Diffin

In poetry:

Back they falter as the deep storm overtakes them,
Whelms them in splendid hollows of booming thunder,
Wraps them in rain, that, sweeping, breaks and onrushes
Ringing like cymbals.
"Night Hymns On Lake Nipigon" by Duncan Campbell Scott

In news:

It's most important to find the "pause that refreshes" because there's such an onrush of activity, ideas and ideals, wanting to travel and discovering new realities and details, important to your well-being, may be missed.
Duarte's Marcus Lewis, right, tries to get past Montclair's onrushing Dorian Haro during Thursday's game.