rush: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (rush), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to move, act, or progress with speed, impetuosity, or violence.
  2. to dash, esp. to dash forward for an attack or onslaught.
  3. to appear, go, pass, etc., rapidly or suddenly: The blood rushed to his face.
  4. to carry the ball on a running play or plays.
  1. to perform, accomplish, or finish with speed, impetuosity, or violence: They rushed the work to make the deadline.
  2. to carry or convey with haste: to rush an injured person to the hospital.
  3. to cause to move, act, or progress quickly; hurry: He rushed his roommate to get to the party on time.
  4. to send, push, force, impel, etc., with unusual speed or haste: to rush a bill through Congress.
  5. to attack suddenly and violently; charge.
  6. to overcome or capture (a person, place, etc.).
  7. to heap attentions on; court intensively; woo: to rush an attractive newcomer.
  8. to entertain (a prospective fraternity or sorority member) before making bids for membership.
  9. The home team rushed 145 yards.
    1. to carry (the ball) forward across the line of scrimmage.
    2. to carry the ball (a distance) forward from the line of scrimmage:The home team rushed 145 yards.
    3. (of a defensive team member) to attempt to force a way quickly into the backfield in pursuit of (the back in possession of the ball).
  1. the act of rushing; a rapid, impetuous, or violent onward movement.
  2. a hostile attack.
  3. an eager rushing of numbers of persons to some region that is being occupied or exploited, esp. because of a new mine: the gold rush to California.
  4. a sudden appearance or access: a rush of tears.
  5. hurried activity; busy haste: the rush of city life.
  6. a hurried state, as from pressure of affairs: to be in a rush.
  7. press of work, business, traffic, etc., requiring extraordinary effort or haste.
    1. an attempt to carry or instance of carrying the ball across the line of scrimmage.
    2. an act or instance of rushing the offensive back in possession of the ball.
  8. a scrimmage held as a form of sport between classes or bodies of students in colleges.
  9. daily (def. 4).
  10. a series of lavish attentions paid a woman by a suitor: He gave her a big rush.
  11. the rushing by a fraternity or sorority.
  12. Also calledthe initial, intensely pleasurable or exhilarated feeling experienced upon taking a narcotic or stimulant drug.
  1. requiring or done in haste: a rush order; rush work.
  2. characterized by excessive business, a press of work or traffic, etc.: The cafeteria's rush period was from noon to two in the afternoon.
  3. characterized by the rushing of potential new members by a sorority or fraternity: rush week on the university campus.


Pronunciation: (rush), [key]
— n.
  1. any grasslike plant of the genus Juncus, having pithy or hollow stems, found in wet or marshy places. Cf.
  2. any plant of the rush family.
  3. any of various similar plants.
  4. a stem of such a plant, used for making chair bottoms, mats, baskets, etc.
  5. something of little or no value; trifle: not worth a rush.


Pronunciation: (rush), [key]
— n.
  1. 1745–1813, U.S. physician and political leader: author of medical treatises.
  2. his son,1780–1859, U.S. lawyer, politician, and diplomat.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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