Meaning of BROADSIDE in English


I. ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

1. : the side of a ship above the waterline

2. : a broad or nearly unbroken surface of an object

couldn't hit the broadside of a barn


a. archaic : a sizable sheet of paper printed on one side only ; especially : one publicizing a controversy or official proclamation

b. : a sheet printed on one or both sides and folded as for mailing — by some limited in use to a sheet on which the printed text runs from side to side across the folds

c. : printed matter placed broadside

4. : something printed on a broadside usually for general sale or distribution ; especially : broadside ballad


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

b. : a volley especially of abuse or denunciation

6. : a large floodlight used to illuminate a film set or television set

II. adjective

1. : directed broadside

a broadside attack

2. : placed broadside

a broadside table of figures

III. adverb


a. : with the broadside turned toward a given object or point

b. of printed matter : set at right angles to the ordinary text direction

a table printed broadside on two facing pages

2. : in one volley : all together

3. : at large : at random : without selection of a specific target

a sales letter sent out broadside to a number of prospects

IV. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

1. : to proceed or go broadside

2. : to discharge broadsides

V. verb

transitive verb

: to hit broadside

the car was broadsided by a truck

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