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Dictionary Definition

rush adj
1 not accepting reservations [syn: first-come-first-serve(p)]
2 done under pressure; "a rush job" [syn: rush(a), rushed]


1 the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner; "in his haste to leave he forgot his book" [syn: haste, hurry, rushing]
2 a sudden forceful flow [syn: spate, surge, upsurge]
3 grasslike plants growing in wet places and having cylindrical often hollow stems
4 physician and Revolutionary American leader; signer of the Declaration of Independence (1745-1813) [syn: Benjamin Rush]
5 the swift release of a store of affective force; "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks" [syn: bang, boot, charge, flush, thrill, kick]
6 a sudden burst of activity; "come back after the rush"
7 (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running into the line; "the linebackers were ready to stop a rush" [syn: rushing]


1 step on it; "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests"; "The cars raced down the street" [syn: hotfoot, hasten, hie, speed, race, pelt along, rush along, cannonball along, bucket along, belt along] [ant: linger]
2 attack suddenly
3 urge to an unnatural speed; "Don't rush me, please!" [syn: hurry] [ant: delay]
4 act or move at high speed; "We have to rush!"; "hurry--it's late!" [syn: hasten, hurry, look sharp, festinate]
5 run with the ball, in football
6 cause to move fast or to rush or race; "The psychologist raced the rats through a long maze" [syn: race]
7 cause to occur rapidly; "the infection precipitated a high fever and allergic reactions" [syn: induce, stimulate, hasten]

User Contributed Dictionary

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Etymology 1



  1. Any of several stiff aquatic or marsh plants of the genus Juncus having hollow or pithy stems and small flowers.
  2. The stem of such plants used in making baskets, mats, the seats of chairs, etc.
  • French: jonc
  • German: Binse
stem of that plant

Etymology 2

From russher, russer (French ruser) Confer ruschen, rauschen, ruischen.


  1. A sudden forward motion.
  2. A surge.
    A rush of business can be difficult to handle effectively for its unexpected volume.
  3. General haste.
    Many errors were made in the rush to finish.
  4. A rapid, noisy flow.
    a rush of water
    a rush of footsteps
  5. A sudden attack; an onslaught.
  6. In the context of "contact sports": The act of running at another player to block or disrupt play.
    a rush on the quaterback
  7. A sudden, brief exhilaration, for instance the pleasurable sensation produced by a stimulant.
    The rollercoaster gave me a rush.
  8. A regulated period of recruitment in fraternities and sororities.
    rush week
sudden forward motion
  • Finnish: syöksy
  • Finnish: kiire
onslaught See onslaught
rapid, noisy flow
act of running at another player
pleasurable sensation experienced after use of a stimulant
  • German: Rausch
sudden, brief exhilaration
regulated period of recruitment in fraternities and sororities


  1. To hurry; to perform a task with great haste.
    rush one's dinner
  2. To flow rapidly or noisily.
  3. intransitive football To dribble rapidly.
  4. To run directly at another player in order to block or disrupt play.
  5. To cause to move or act with unusual haste.
    Don't rush your client or he may withdraw.
  6. intransitive military To make a swift or sudden attack.
  7. To swiftly attach to without warning.
  8. To transport or carry quickly.
    The shuttle rushes passengers from the station to the airport.
military: make a sudden attack
flow rapidly and often noisily
football: dribble rapidly
;cause something or someone to move with unusual haste
;cause someone to act with unusual haste
;perform something with great haste
;attack swiftly and without warning to
;transport or carry quickly
;American football: run directly at another player


  1. Performed with, or requiring urgency or great haste, or done under pressure.
    rush job
Usage notes
Used only before a noun.

Etymology 3

Abbreviation of remote use of shared hardware.

Proper noun

  1. A dialect of the language PL/1.

Extensive Definition

Rush may refer to:
  • Rush or thrill, sudden burst of emotion associated with certain chemicals or situations
  • Rush, slang for nitrite inhalants, often used as a recreational drug
  • Rush or formal rush, regulated period of new member recruitment for fraternities and sororities
  • Rush plant or Juncus, grass-like plant of damp or wet soils


Film, television and video games




First name



Other uses

rush in Bulgarian: Ръш
rush in German: Rush (Begriffsklärung)
rush in French: Rush
rush in Dutch: Rush
rush in Japanese: ラッシュ
rush in Polish: Rush (ujednoznacznienie)
rush in Turkish: Rush
rush in Volapük: Rush

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Brownian movement, a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn, a hoot, accelerate, ado, advance, affluence, afflux, affluxion, aftergrass, aggravated assault, aggression, air speed, amphibious attack, angular motion, armed assault, ascending, ascent, assailing, assailment, assault, attack, axial motion, backflowing, backing, backward motion, bagatelle, bamboo, bang, banzai attack, bauble, bean, belch, bibelot, bit, blackmail, blitz, blitzkrieg, boil, bolt, boot, brass farthing, break, breakthrough, bundle, burst, burst of speed, bustle, button, buzz about, call, call for, cane, canter, career, cascade, celerity, cent, cereal, cereal plant, charge, chase, claim, climbing, commotion, concourse, confluence, conflux, contribution, corn, counterattack, counteroffensive, coup de main, course, crippling attack, crosscurrent, crowd, curio, current, dart, dash, dash at, dash off, dash on, dead run, dead set at, debouchment, defluxion, demand, demand for, descending, descent, descent on, dispatch, dissiliency, diversion, diversionary attack, dogtrot, double-time, downflow, downpour, downward motion, draft, drain, drift, driftage, drive, drive on, duty, ebb, ebbing, emergency, eructation, eruption, exaction, excitement, exigent, expedite, expedition, extortion, extortionate demand, farce, farinaceous plant, farthing, fastness, feather, ferment, festinate, fig, flank attack, flank speed, flare-up, flat-out speed, fleabite, fleet, flight, fling, flit, flood, flow, flow back, flow in, flow out, flowing, fluency, flurry, flush, flutter, flux, fly, fly at, fog, folderol, font, forage grass, forced draft, forward, forward motion, forwardness, fount, fountain, fribble, frippery, frontal attack, full gallop, fuss, gallop, gas attack, gaud, get cracking, get going, get moving, gewgaw, geyser, gimcrack, go off half-cocked, grain, graminaceous plant, grass, ground speed, gush, hair, halfpenny, hand gallop, harum-scarum, haste, hasten, hasten on, hastiness, head-on attack, headlong rush, heavy demand, heavy right foot, helter-skelter, hie, hie on, high lope, high-priority, hill of beans, hump, hump it, hurriedness, hurry, hurry about, hurry along, hurry on, hurry through, hurry up, hurry-scurry, hurtle, hustle, hustle up, imposition, impost, impulse, impulsiveness, indent, infiltration, inflow, insistent demand, instantaneousness, issue, jest, jet, jog trot, joke, jollies, jump, jump off, kick, kickshaw, knickknack, knickknackery, knots, lash, lawn grass, leap, levy, lift, lightning attack, lightning speed, lightning war, lope, lose no time, make, make a fuss, make haste, mass attack, maximum speed, megadeath, miles per hour, mill run, millrace, minikin, mockery, molehill, mounting, move quickly, mugging, nonnegotiable demand, notice, oblique motion, offense, offensive, ongoing, onrush, onset, onslaught, onward course, open throttle, order, ornamental grass, outbreak, outburst, outflow, overhastiness, overkill, panzer warfare, passage, pell-mell, peppercorn, picayune, pin, pinch of snuff, pinprick, plunge, plunging, post, pother, pour, precipitance, precipitancy, precipitate, precipitateness, precipitation, precociousness, precocity, prematureness, prematurity, press, press on, progress, promptitude, promptness, push, push on, push through, quicken, quickness, quiver, race, radial motion, railroad through, random motion, rap, rapidity, rapids, red cent, reed, reflowing, refluence, reflux, regression, regurgitate, requirement, requisition, retrogression, rising, round pace, row of pins, rpm, run, run against, run at, rush about, rush along, rush around, rush at, rush of emotion, rush order, rush through, sally, scamper, scoot, scour, scramble, scud, scurry, scuttle, sensation, set, shake a leg, shit, shiver, shock tactics, shoot, shudder, sideward motion, sinking, skedaddle, snap, snappiness, sneeshing, soaring, sortie, sou, spate, speed, speed along, speed up, speediness, spew, spit, spout, spouter, spray, sprint, spritz, spurt, spurtle, squirt, stampede, step on it, sternway, storm, straw, stream, strike, subsiding, surge, surge back, surge of emotion, swift rate, swiftness, tax, taxing, tear, tear around, thrill, tide, tilt at, tingle, tingling, titillation, to-do, torrent, toy, traject, trajet, tremor, tremor of excitement, trend, tribute, trifle, trinket, triviality, trot, tuppence, turbulence, turmoil, two cents, twopence, ultimatum, undercurrent, undertow, unprovoked assault, untimeliness, upward motion, urge, urgent, velocity, volcan, warning, water flow, whim-wham, whip, whip along, whiz, whiz about, wide-open speed
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