Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the simultaneous firing of all the armament on one side of a warship
  2. (noun, artifact) the whole side of a vessel from stem to stern
  3. (noun, artifact) all of the armament that is fired from one side of a warship
  4. (noun, communication) a speech of violent denunciation
  5. (noun, communication) an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution
  6. (verb, contact) collide with the broad side of
  7. (adj, all) toward a full side
  8. (adv, all) with a side facing an object
    the wave caught the canoe broadside and capsized it

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Broadside

  1. 1590s, "side of a ship" (technically, "the side of a ship above the water, between the bow and the quarter"), from broad + side; thus "the artillery on one side of a ship all fired off at once" (1590s, with figurative extensions). Two words until late 18c. Of things other than ships, 1630s. But oldest-recorded sense in English is "sheet of paper printed only on one side" (1570s). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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