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broad +‎ side


broadside (plural broadsides)

  1. (nautical) One side of a ship above the water line; all the guns on one side of a warship; their simultaneous firing.
  2. (by extension) A forceful attack, be it written or spoken.
    • 1993, Peter Kolchin, American Slavery (Penguin History, paperback edition, 34)
      Although slaveholders managed - through a combination of political compromise and ideological broadside - to contain the threat of a major anti-slavery compaign by fellow Southerners, planters could never be totally sure of non-slaveholders' loyalty to the social order.
    • 2013, Luke Harding and Uki Goni, Argentina urges UK to hand back Falklands and 'end colonialism (in The Guardian, 3 January 2013)[1]
      Fernández's diplomatic broadside follows the British government's decision last month to name a large frozen chunk of Antarctica after the Queen – a gesture viewed in Buenos Aires as provocative.
  3. A large sheet of paper, printed on one side and folded.
  4. The printed lyrics of a folk song or ballad; a broadsheet.



broadside (not comparable)

  1. Sideways; with the side turned to the direction of some object.



broadside (third-person singular simple present broadsides, present participle broadsiding, simple past and past participle broadsided)

  1. (transitive) To collide with something sideways on