Definition of broadside in English:


Syllabification: broad·side
Pronunciation: /ˈbrôdˌsīd


  • 1A nearly simultaneous firing of all the guns from one side of a warship.
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    • To do this they would have to come up alongside our ships leaving them exposed to a broadside from English cannons on our ships.
    • The Monitor proved impervious to the Virginia's broadsides and captured the imaginations of naval officials and the public.
    • HMS Duke of York fired 80 broadsides; and the Allied ships fired a total of 2,195 shells during the engagement.
    salvo, volley, cannonade, barrage, blast, fusillade
  • 1.1A strongly worded critical attack: broadsides against political correctness
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    • At this point, Rupert was going through a strongly republican phase and his newspapers contained frequent broadsides against the Royal Family, long before they became fair game for all comers.
    • Vallandigham eventually made his way to Canada, where he spent the rest of the war writing broadsides against Lincoln and the Republicans.
    • In fact, Stern's ratings surged this year after he began leveling his broadsides against the Bush administration.
    criticism, censure, polemic, diatribe, tirade; attack, onslaught
    literary philippic
  • 1.2The set of guns that can fire on each side of a warship.
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    • The Confederate broadsides contained fewer guns with each shot and fewer missiles were launched from the attackers.
    • Now within cannon range, the Hurricane and her consorts unmasked their broadsides and hurled a firestorm of plasma cannon fire at the Asp and the remaining corvettes.
    • The battleships opened up their broadsides, and half the alien ships were crushed before their element command could react.
  • 1.3The side of a ship above the water between the bow and quarter.
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    • Lining up your shot while not giving your foe a chance at your broadside is a challenge, and having the biggest ship doesn't always ensure victory.
    • A mere five gun ports open across their broadside.
    • Finally… he swooped down, raking the cruiser's starboard broadside with his guns, destroying three of the seven turrets placed there.
  • 2A sheet of paper printed on one side only, forming one large page: a broadside of Lee’s farewell address Also called broadsheet.
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    • The story was printed as a broadside - a single sheet of paper about 2ft x 3ft - with high-quality paper and elegant typography.
    • Randall's first publications in 1965 were literally broadsides - single poems printed on large sheets of paper that sold for fifty cents.
    • Most of these were in print and available as broadsides, but that is not the point here: they were ‘traditional’ in the sense of having been in circulation time out of mind, and had not been made up by ballad-mongers between 1800 and 1850.


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  • 1With the side turned to a particular thing: the yacht was drifting broadside to the wind
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    • If they must, they could turn the wagons broadside to the wind and use them for cover, and their felted tents and sleeping sacks would keep them from freezing to death.
    • I lowered the rifle and saw that he had stopped and was standing broadside looking at us.
    • What makes jack crevalle difficult to land is their tendency while resting to turn broadside to the angler.
  • 1.1On the side: her car was hit broadside by another vehicle
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    • One tank barely ten meters from Blaine had taken a shot full broadside.
    • A purplish, long, vaguely cylindrical ship shot up into the air, and rammed him full broadside.
    • Really, it was headed west on the Route 30 Interstate and it negotiated a lane change without signaling and it struck me broadside.


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  • Collide with the side of (a vehicle): I had to skid my bike sideways to avoid broadsiding her
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    • Three years ago, in Arlington Heights, Illinois, Police Officer Chuck Tiedge's squad car was broadsided by a hearse that ran a red light.
    • This one I missed seeing until it was nearly too late, and as I took evasive action I nearly broadsided another car that I was not even aware was there!
    • Caleb Kwan was in a rather serious car accident tonight when his BMW was broadsided by a large truck.

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