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broadside Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution
    handbill; flier; bill; flyer; broadsheet; throwaway; circular.
    • he mailed the circular to all subscribers
  2. noun a speech of violent denunciation
    tirade; philippic.
  3. noun all of the armament that is fired from one side of a warship
  4. noun the whole side of a vessel from stem to stern
    • the ship was broadside to the dock
  5. noun the simultaneous firing of all the armament on one side of a warship
  6. verb collide with the broad side of
    • her car broad-sided mine
  7. adjective satellite toward a full side
    • a broadside attack
  8. adverb with a side facing an object
    • the train hit the truck broadside
    • the wave caught the canoe broadside and capsized it

Broad"side` noun
  1. (Naut.) The side of a ship above the water line, from the bow to the quarter.
  2. A discharge of or from all the guns on one side of a ship, at the same time.
  3. A volley of abuse or denunciation. Colloq.
  4. (Print.) A sheet of paper containing one large page, or printed on one side only; -- called also broadsheet.

Webster 1913

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