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broadside

noun broad·side \ -ˌsīd \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

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 (such 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

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What do sheets of printed paper and a ship's artillery have in common? Not a whole lot besides their broadsides. The printing and naval senses of broadside arose independently in the 16th century. Printed broadsides may have first been decrees intended for public posting, so they were necessarily printed on one side of large sheets of paper. Soon even matters printed on one side of smallish sheets were called broadsides - advertisements, for example, or the so-called "broadside ballads," popular ditties that people stuck on the wall to sing from. In the nautical sense, broadside was originally the entire side of a ship above the water - which is where the guns were placed. The further use of broadside to refer to firing of the guns eventually led to the figurative "volley of abuse" sense.

First Known Use of broadside

1591

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broadside

adjective

Definition of broadside

: directed or placed broadside
  • a broadside attack

First Known Use of broadside

1646


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broadside

adverb

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 in a Sentence

  1. The car was hit broadside.

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

First Known Use of broadside

1786

broadside Synonyms

Synonyms
sideways, crabwise, edgeways [chiefly British], edgewise, sidewise
Related Words
aslant, indirectly, obliquely; laterally, sideward (or sidewards)
Near Antonyms
dead, direct, right, straight

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broadside

verb

Definition of broadside

transitive verb
: to hit broadside
  • the car was broadsided

Examples of broadside in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of broadside from the Web

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First Known Use of broadside

1981


BROADSIDE Defined for English Language Learners

broadside

noun

Definition of broadside for English Language Learners

  • : 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


broadside

adverb

Definition of broadside for English Language Learners

  • : with the side facing forward

  • : directly from the side


broadside

verb

Definition of broadside for English Language Learners

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


BROADSIDE Defined for Kids

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broadside

noun broad·side \ ˈbrȯd-ˌsīd \

Definition of broadside for Students

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

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broadside

adverb

Definition of broadside for Students

1 : with one side forward
  • turned broadside
2 : from the side
  • I hit the other car broadside.


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