Definition of Rush

Pronunciation: rŭsh
n.1.(Bot.) A name given to many aquatic or marsh-growing endogenous plants with soft, slender stems, as the species of Juncus and Scirpus.
2.The merest trifle; a straw.
John Bull's friendship is not worth a rush.
- Arbuthnot.
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
(Zool.) the natterjack.
Spike rush, any rushlikeplant of the genusEleocharis, in which the flowersgrow in densespikes.
Scouring rush
(Bot.) Same as Dutch rush, under Dutch. -
Sweet rush
a sweet-scented grass of Arabia, etc. (Andropogon schœnanthus), used in Oriental medical practice.
Wood rush
any plant of the genus Luzula, which differs in some technical characters from Juncus.
v. i.1.To move forward with impetuosity, violence, and tumultuous rapidity or haste; as, armies rush to battle; waters rush down a precipice.
[imp. & p. p. Rushed (rŭsht); p. pr. & vb. n. Rushing.]
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.
- Sprat.
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.
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. Wotton.
2.Great activity with pressure; as, a rush of business.
3.A perfect recitation.
4.(Football) A rusher; as, the center rush, whose place is in the center of the rush line; the end rush.
Bunt rush
(Football) a combined rush by main strength.
Rush line
(Football) the line composed of rushers.

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