• WordNet 3.6
    • n rusher a person who rushes; someone in a hurry; someone who acts precipitously
    • n rusher someone who migrates as part of a rush to a new gold field or a new territory
    • n rusher (football) a ball carrier who tries to gain ground by running with the ball
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rusher One who rushes.
    • n Rusher One who strewed rushes on the floor at dances.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rusher One who strews rushes on the floors at dances.
    • n rusher One who rushes; one who acts with undue haste and violence.
    • n rusher Specifically, in foot-ball, a player whose special function it is to force the ball toward his opponents' goal, prevent it from being kicked or brought toward his own, and protect the backs while they kick or run with the ball. When eleven players are on each side, the rushers are known, according to their positions in the rush-line, as right end, right tackle, right guard, center rusher, left guard, left tackle, left end. See foot-ball. Also called forward.
    • n rusher A go-ahead person; a rustler.
    • n rusher A miner who rushes into a newly opened gold region, with a determination to get ahead of others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rusher in football, a player whose special duty it is to force the ball toward his opponents' goal: a go-ahead person
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Skeat explains M. E. ruschen as from Sw. ruska, to rush, to shake, an extension of Old Sw. rusa, to rush. Cf. Rouse.


In literature:

I'm somewhat of a rusher when it comes to travelling.
"Burning Daylight" by Jack London
RUSHER, one who strewed the floor with rushes.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
RUSHER, one who strewed the floor with rushes.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
RUSHER, one who strewed the floor with rushes.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
We give several extracts from some of Rusher's Penny Books which will show how well he adapted them to his town.
"Banbury Chap Books" by Edwin Pearson
I was one of the rushers.
"Homeburg Memories" by George Helgesen Fitch
Why did you try to block that football rusher?
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
He begins like a bridge car-rusher makin' for a seat, and he had me back into my corner in no time at all.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
In the shifting comedy of life, Skippy was now cast for the part of the Demon Rusher.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
And I guess he's some rusher.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson

In poetry:

Though you set in Vestminster surrounded by your crushers,
Harrogint and habsolute like the Hortocrat of hall the Rushers,
Yet there is a better vurld I'd have you for to know,
Likewise a place vere the henimies of horgin-boys will go.
"The Organ-Boy’s Appeal" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

What they've got: They've got the AFC's leading rusher, that's what they've got.
Konieczny becomes all-time rusher at Oak Harbor.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers (right) is hoping to find a complementary pass rusher to Clay Matthews.
LaDainian Tomlinson, who was the NFL MVP in 2006 and is the fifth-leading rusher in league history, is retiring after 11 NFL seasons.
He rushed for 1,562 yards this year to lead all area Class 3A rushers.
Bridgeport's Gabe Huerta cuts inside for a few more of his 131 yards against Sanger, enroute to becoming the school's all-time leading rusher.
And the NFL's all-time leading rusher isn't coming back to help his former team anytime soon - although he might still be able to.
Vanderbilt loses leading rusher for remainder of season.
Addai's return, Rhodes resurgence makes Colts' rushers succeed again.
In 1993, Robbie Rouse was two years old when Ron Rivers became Fresno State's all-time leading rusher.
During that span, the Bengals allowed just one 100-yard rusher when Denver's Willis McGahee went for 101 in the second game of the season.
Although he is the Giants' fullback, Charles Way was the team's leading rusher last season.
After becoming the Maryland football team's first 100-yard rusher of the 2012 season, Wes Brown has been named the sole starting running back , ending weeks of platooning in the backfield.
Rusher stayed at his post from the magazine's infancy to its adulthood 30 years later.
Jerry Jones says nobody develops edge rushers like Wade Phillips.