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 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 1. 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(from all the guns on the side of a ship) / , , ,

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