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1broadside

noun broad·side \-ˌsīd\

: 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
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
archaic :  the side of a ship above the waterline
3
a :  all the guns on one side of a ship; also :  their simultaneous discharge
b :  a volley of abuse or denunciation
4
:  a broad or unbroken surface

First Known Use of BROADSIDE

1575

Other Paper Terms

folio, palimpsest, quire, ream

2broadside

adjective

Definition of BROADSIDE

:  directed or placed broadside <a broadside attack>

First Known Use of BROADSIDE

1646

3broadside

adverb

: with the side facing forward

: directly from the side

Full Definition of BROADSIDE

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
:  in one volley
3
:  at random

Examples of BROADSIDE

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

First Known Use of BROADSIDE

1870

Related to BROADSIDE

4broadside

verb

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

Full Definition of BROADSIDE

transitive verb
:  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.

First Known Use of BROADSIDE

1981

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