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broadside

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noun broad·side \-ˌsīd\

Simple Definition of broadside

  • : a very strong and harsh spoken or written attack

  • : an attack by a ship in which all the guns on one side of the ship are fired together

Full Definition of broadside

  1. 1 a (1) :  a sizable sheet of paper printed on one side (2) :  a sheet printed on one or both sides and folded b :  something (as a ballad) printed on a broadside

  2. 2 archaic :  the side of a ship above the waterline

  3. 3 a :  all the guns on one side of a ship; also :  their simultaneous discharge b :  a volley of abuse or denunciation

  4. 4 :  a broad or unbroken surface


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broadside

adjective broad·side

Definition of broadside

  1. :  directed or placed broadside <a broadside attack>



1646

First Known Use of broadside

1646


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broadside

adverb broad·side

Simple Definition of broadside

  • : with the side facing forward

  • : directly from the side

Full Definition of broadside

  1. 1 a :  with the side forward or toward a given point :  sideways <turned broadside> b :  directly from the side <the car was hit broadside>

  2. 2 :  in one volley

  3. 3 :  at random

Examples of broadside

  1. The car was hit broadside.

  2. <one car hit the other broadside and crushed the passenger door>



1870

First Known Use of broadside

1870


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broadside

verb broad·side

Simple Definition of broadside

  • : to hit (a vehicle) very hard from the side

Full Definition of broadside

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to hit broadside <the car was broadsided>

Examples of broadside

  1. His car was broadsided by a truck as he was driving through the intersection.



1981

First Known Use of broadside

1981


BROADSIDE Defined for Kids

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broadside

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noun broad·side \ˈbrȯd-ˌsīd\

Definition of broadside

  1. :  a firing of all of the guns that are on the same side of a ship




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broadside

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adverb broad·side

Definition of broadside

  1. 1 :  with one side forward <turned broadside>

  2. 2 :  from the side <I hit the other car broadside.>





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