Definition of fusillade in English:

fusillade

Syllabification: fu·sil·lade
Pronunciation: /ˈfyo͞osəˌläd, -ˌlād
 
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noun

  • A series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession: marchers had to dodge a fusillade of missiles figurative a fusillade of accusations
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    • A deadly fusillade of slaved ACP missiles raced out at the Destroyer's bridge tower.
    • A fusillade of cruise missiles had been launched from four US cruisers and a submarine, and a supporting British sub.
    • On 26 August 1944 he walked down the Champs Elysées to the acclamation of a vast crowd, and then went on to Notre Dame, where he stood unmoved when a sudden fusillade broke out inside the cathedral.
    Synonyms
    salvo, volley, barrage, bombardment, cannonade, battery, burst, blast, hail, shower, rain, stream
    historical broadside

verb

[with object] archaic Back to top  
  • Attack (a place) or shoot down (someone) by a series of shots fired at the same time or in quick succession.
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    • They went into hiding in Katlijk, but where betrayed and fusilladed by the German oppressor.
    • Thousands of people were fusilladed without any form of trial.
    • Most of the members - including Sam - were sentenced to death and fusilladed in the early morning of 1 July 1443 in the Dunes of Overveen.

Origin

early 19th century: from French, from fusiller 'to shoot', from fusil (see fusil1) + -ade1.

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