fusillade


fu·sil·lade

noun \ˈfyü-sə-ˌläd, -ˌlād, ˌfyü-sə-ˈ, -zə-\

: a large number of shots that are fired very quickly

Full Definition of FUSILLADE

1
a :  a number of shots fired simultaneously or in rapid succession
b :  something that gives the effect of a fusillade <a fusillade of rocks and bottles>
2
:  a spirited outburst especially of criticism

Examples of FUSILLADE

  1. A fusillade of bullets filled the courtyard.
  2. <responded calmly to the fusillade of criticism leveled at his design for the memorial>

Origin of FUSILLADE

French, from fusiller to shoot, from fusil
First Known Use: 1801

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

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