Definitions for: Rush

[n] the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner; "in his haste to leave he forgot his book"
[n] (football) an attempt to advance the ball by running into the line; "the linebackers were ready to stop a rush"
[n] a sudden burst of activity; "come back after the rush"; "he joined the gold rush"
[n] a sudden forceful flow
[n] the swift release of a store of affective force; "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a rush!"; "he does it for kicks"
[n] physician and Revolutionary American leader; signer of the Declaration of Independence (1745-1813)
[n] grasslike plants growing in wet places and having cylindrical often hollow stems
[adj] not accepting reservations
[v] urge to an unnatural speed; "Don't rush me, please!"
[v] act or move at high speed; "We have to rush!"; "hurry--it's late!"
[v] attack suddenly
[v] of bodily processes such as fever, illness, etc.
[v] step on it; "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests"; "The cars raced down the street"
[v] cause to move fast or to rush or race; "The psychologist raced the rats through a long maze"
[v] run with the ball, in football

Webster (1913) Definition: Rush, n. [OE. rusche, rische, resche, AS. risce, akin to
LG. rusk, risch, D. & G. rusch; all probably fr. L. ruscum
butcher's broom; akin to Goth. raus reed, G. rohr.]
1. (Bot.) A name given to many aquatic or marsh-growing
endogenous plants with soft, slender stems, as the species
of Juncus and Scirpus.

Note: Some species are used in bottoming chairs and plaiting
mats, and the pith is used in some places for wicks to
lamps and rushlights.

2. The merest trifle; a straw.

John Bull's friendship is not worth a rush.

Bog rush. See under Bog.

Club rush, any rush of the genus Scirpus.

Flowering rush. See under Flowering.

Nut rush
(a) Any plant of the genus Scleria, rushlike plants with
hard nutlike fruits.
(b) A name for several species of Cyperus having
tuberous roots.

Rush broom, an Australian leguminous plant ({Viminaria
denudata}), having long, slender branches. Also, the
Spanish broom. See under Spanish.

Rush candle, See under Candle.

Rush grass, any grass of the genus Vilfa, grasses with
wiry stems and one-flowered spikelets.

Rush toad (Zo["o]l.), the natterjack.

Scouring rush. (Bot.) Same as Dutch rush, under Dutch.

Spike rush, any rushlike plant of the genus Eleocharis,
in which the flowers grow in dense spikes.

Sweet rush, a sweet-scented grass of Arabia, etc.
(Andropogon sch[oe]nanthus), used in Oriental medical

Wood rush, any plant of the genus Luzula, which differs
in some technical characters from Juncus.

Rush (r[u^]sh), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rushed (r[u^]sht);
p. pr. & vb. n. Rushing.] [OE. ruschen; cf. AS. hryscan to
make a noise, D. ruischen to rustle, G. rauschen, MHG.
r[=u]schen to rush, to rustle, LG. rusken, OSw. ruska, Icel.
& Sw. ruska to shake, Dan. ruske to shake, and E. rouse.]
1. To move forward with impetuosity, violence, and tumultuous
rapidity or haste; as, armies rush to battle; waters rush
down a precipice.

Like to an entered tide, they all rush by. --Shak.

2. To enter into something with undue haste and eagerness, or
without due deliberation and preparation; as, to rush
business or speculation.

They . . . never think it to be a part of religion
to rush into the office of princes and ministers.

Rush, v. t.
1. To push or urge forward with impetuosity or violence; to
hurry forward.

2. To recite (a lesson) or pass (an examination) without an
error. [College Cant, U.S.]

Rush, n.
1. A moving forward with rapidity and force or eagerness; a
violent motion or course; as, a rush of troops; a rush of
winds; a rush of water.

A gentleman of his train spurred up his horse, and,
with a violent rush, severed him from the duke.
--Sir H.

2. Great activity with pressure; as, a rush of business.

3. A perfect recitation. [College Cant, U.S.]

4. (Football)
(a) A rusher; as, the center rush, whose place is in the
center of the rush line; the end rush.

(b) The act of running with the ball.

Bunt rush (Football), a combined rush by main strength.

Rush line (Football), the line composed of rushers.

Synonyms: bang, belt along, Benjamin Rush, boot, bucket along, cannonball along, charge, first-come-first-serve(p), flush, haste, hasten, hasten, hie, hotfoot, hurry, hurry, induce, kick, pelt along, race, rush along, rushing, spate, speed, stimulate, surge, thrill, unreserved, upsurge

Antonyms: dawdle, delay, detain, hold up, linger

See Also: accelerate, act, American Revolutionary leader, assail, assault, attack, barge, bear down, bog plant, bolt, bring about, buck, bullrush, bulrush, burst, charge, charge, common rush, dart, dash, dash, displace, doc, doctor, Dr., effect, effectuate, excitement, exhilaration, family Juncaceae, festinate, flare-up, flash, flow, flowing, go, hard rush, hasten, jointed rush, Juncaceae, Juncus articulatus, Juncus bufonius, Juncus effusus, Juncus inflexus, Juncus leseurii, Juncus tenuis, locomote, look sharp, marsh plant, MD, medico, motion, move, move, move, movement, onrush, outburst, physician, push forward, quicken, run, run, running, running game, running play, rush, rush family, salt rush, scamper, scoot, scramble, scud, scurry, set on, set up, shoot, shoot down, slender rush, soft rush, speed up, swamp plant, tear, thrust ahead, toad rush, travel

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