broadside

noun
broad·​side | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌsīd How to pronounce broadside (audio) \

Definition of broadside

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a(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
3a : 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

broadside

adjective

Definition of broadside (Entry 2 of 4)

: directed or placed broadside a broadside attack

broadside

adverb

Definition of broadside (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : 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

broadside

verb
broadsided; broadsiding; broadsides

Definition of broadside (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to hit broadside the car was broadsided

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Synonyms for broadside

Synonyms: Adverb

crabwise, edgeways [chiefly British], edgewise, sideways, sidewise

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Noun

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.

Examples of broadside in a Sentence

Adverb

The car was hit broadside. one car hit the other broadside and crushed the passenger door

Verb

His car was broadsided by a truck as he was driving through the intersection.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His broadside followed an uneventful round of talks in Shanghai, where the president heard there were no concrete promises from China to purchase American agricultural products. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "The US-China trade war is back on. That's bad news for Huawei," 2 Aug. 2019 After Trump’s verbal broadsides, Cummings invited the president to join him on a tour of his district, from the poorest parts of Baltimore to more well-to-do areas in suburban Baltimore and Howard counties. Washington Post, "Trump mocks Democrats, vows new tax cut on Baltimore visit," 13 Sep. 2019 After Trump’s verbal broadsides, Cummings invited the president to tour his congressional district with him, from the poorest parts of Baltimore to more well-to-do areas outside the city in suburban Baltimore and Howard counties. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump visiting Baltimore Thursday for first time since disparaging it - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 2019 After Trump's verbal broadsides, Cummings invited the president to join him on a tour of his district, from the poorest parts of Baltimore to more well-to-do areas in suburban Baltimore and Howard counties. Kevin Freking, Fortune, "Trump Tells Republicans in Baltimore They’ll Take Back the House Majority," 12 Sep. 2019 According to reports, a driver traveling north on State Road failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck broadside by a driver traveling west on Center Road. Brian Lisik, cleveland.com, "Rider stopped for speeding and having no motorcycle license: Hinckley Township Police Blotter," 3 Sep. 2019 Parts of Ahmari’s essay read like a broadside against liberalism even in its broadest view. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "The Right Liberalism," 11 July 2019 Ocasio-Cortez appears to be taking a similar approach, finding humor in the broadsides against her. Lisa Mascaro, Detroit Free Press, "GOP shifts focus to Rep. Rashida Tlaib, House Dem 'squad' in campaign attacks," 31 Aug. 2019 After the broadsides aimed at Baltimore, Trump returned to a standard stump speech focused heavily on the economy and his accomplishments. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump accuses Democrats of destroying cities in Cincinnati rally, avoids singling out 'Squad'," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His car was broadsided by a 36-year-old Temecula man in a Jeep Wrangler headed east on the highway. Luke Garrett, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside man killed in North County crash identified," 4 Sep. 2019 Suddenly, the Florida seaside city of 35,000 had become one of the more than 200 state and local governments broadsided by a ransomware attack in recent years. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "Ransomware attacks are an expensive threat to city and state governments. They won’t ebb anytime soon.," 20 Aug. 2019 As the months have passed, one by one, Dershowitz’s broadsides against Boies and his allies have cratered. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "It’s Alan Dershowitz vs. David Boies, again and again," 13 Aug. 2019 In 2005, Zech’s daughter, then 25, was injured when broadsided by a 17-year-old unlicensed D.U.I. driver who was taking a short cut to a La Mesa fast food outlet. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Monica Zech unwillingly took a crash course in driver safety and is paying it forward," 19 Aug. 2019 That was followed by a deadly crash Monday where a man fleeing the California Highway Patrol ended up on Yerba Buena Road and broadsided a minivan, killing the driver. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Coroner identifies driver who died after car crash between houses," 12 June 2019 Theoretically, the new operational domain means Super Cruise will work on the kinds of limited-access highways that have now seen two Tesla drivers killed when their cars broadsided tractor trailers at high speed. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Cadillac adds 70,000 miles of new roads to Super Cruise driver assist," 5 June 2019 The cause of the limp, a long-ago car accident that had killed his wife, he and she having been broadsided by a drunk driver, was no longer ever mentioned. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 President Trump’s broadsides against NATO have rattled a military alliance that has existed for 69 years and that has helped to define the global order since shortly after World War II. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "What is NATO and why is Donald Trump slamming it?," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of broadside

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

1646, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1981, in the meaning defined above

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broadside

noun

English Language Learners Definition of broadside

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of broadside (Entry 2 of 3)

: with the side facing forward
chiefly US : directly from the side

broadside

verb

English Language Learners Definition of broadside (Entry 3 of 3)

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

broadside

noun
broad·​side | \ ˈbrȯd-ˌsīd How to pronounce broadside (audio) \

Kids Definition of broadside

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

broadside

adverb

Kids Definition of broadside (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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