Meaning of BROADSIDE in English


I. -ˌsīd noun

Date: 1575



(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


a. : all the guns on one side of a ship ; also : their simultaneous discharge

b. : a volley of abuse or denunciation

4. : a broad or unbroken surface

II. adjective

Date: 1646

: directed or placed broadside

a broadside attack

III. adverb

Date: 1870


a. : with the side forward or toward a given point : sideways

turned broadside

b. : directly from the side

the car was hit broadside

2. : in one volley

3. : at random

IV. transitive verb

Date: 1981

: to hit broadside

the car was broadsided

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.