- broadside (n.) 1590s, "side of a ship" (technically, "the side of a ship above the water, between the bow and the quarter"), from BROAD (Cf. broad) (adj.) + SIDE (Cf. side) (n.); thus "the artillery on one side of a ship all fired off at once" (1590s, with figurative extensions). Two words until late 18c. Of things other than ships, 1630s. But oldest-recorded sense in English is "sheet of paper printed only on one side" (1570s).
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broadside — or broadsheet [brôd′sīd΄] n. 1. the entire side of a ship above the waterline 2. the simultaneous firing of all the guns on one side of a warship 3. a vigorous or abusive attack in words, esp. in a newspaper 4. the broad surface of any large… … English World dictionary
broadside — ► NOUN 1) historical a firing of all the guns from one side of a warship. 2) the side of a ship above the water between the bow and quarter. 3) a strongly worded critical attack. ● broadside on Cf. ↑broadside on … English terms dictionary
broadside on — ► broadside on sideways on. Main Entry: ↑broadside … English terms dictionary
Broadside — Broad side , n. 1. (Naut.) The side of a ship above the water line, from the bow to the quarter. [1913 Webster] 2. A discharge of or from all the guns on one side of a ship, at the same time. [1913 Webster] 3. A volley of abuse or denunciation.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
broadside — index barrage Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
Broadside — For other uses, see Broadside (disambiguation). Broadside of a French 74 gun ship of the line A broadside is the side of a ship; the battery of cannon on one side of a warship; or their simultaneous (or near simultaneous) fire in naval warf … Wikipedia
broadside — I UK [ˈbrɔːdˌsaɪd] / US [ˈbrɔdˌsaɪd] noun [countable] Word forms broadside : singular broadside plural broadsides a strong written or spoken attack The paper launched an angry broadside against the government s proposals. II = broadside on… … English dictionary
broadside — I. noun Date: 1575 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 (as a ballad) printed on a broadside 2. archaic the side of a ship above the waterline 3. a. all the gu … New Collegiate Dictionary
broadside — /brawd suyd /, n., adv., v., broadsided, broadsiding. n. 1. the whole side of a ship above the water line, from the bow to the quarter. 2. Navy. a. all the guns that can be fired from one side of a warship. b. a simultaneous discharge of all the… … Universalium
broadside — broad|side1 [ˈbro:dsaıd US ˈbro:d ] n 1.) a strong criticism of someone or something ▪ Can the government survive this latest broadside from its own supporters? 2.) an attack in which all the guns on one side of a ship are fired at the same time… … Dictionary of contemporary English