battering


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the act of subjecting to strong attack

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When the fire reached this barrier, it was compelled to pause, until a concentration of its heat could overcome the moisture, like an army awaiting the operations of a battering train, to open its way to desolation.
From Commodore Porter he received the alarming intelligence that the British frigate Phoebe, with a store-ship mounted with battering pieces, calculated to attack forts, had arrived at Rio Janeiro, where she had been joined by the sloops of war Cherub and Raccoon, and that they had all sailed in company on the 6th of July for the Pacific, bound, as it was supposed, to Columbia River.
How wonderful it was to keep the body doing something when the breath in him was short, his heart battering like an engine with burned-out bearings, his brain in insane chaos.
It was the terror of the soldier who examines the brazen battering ram, and says:--"The tower will crumble.
The prisoner broke the chair, which was too heavy for him to lift, and made use of it as a battering ram to strike against the door.
Dalloway's door, knocked, could not be heard for the slamming of doors and the battering of wind, and entered.
They won't overturn the Constitution with our friend Brooke's head for a battering ram.
She saw the sinewy form leap to the shoulder of the lion, hurtling against the leaping beast like a huge, animate battering ram.
He threw his weight against the wooden panel; but the thick skeel of which it was constructed would have withstood a battering ram.
There were sounds of battering upon wood, loud growls and roars, mingled with weird shrieks and screams and the strange, uncanny gibbering of brainless things.
The men in the room beyond were battering at the door.
The noise which had made Rosa suppose that the people were forcing the prison door was indeed owing to the mob battering against it after the square had been left by the military.