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broadside Syllabification: broad·side
Pronunciation: /ˈbrôdˌsīd/

Definition of broadside in English:


1A nearly simultaneous firing of all the guns from one side of a warship.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with broadside

downside • roadside

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