Definition of broadside in English:



  • 1A fierce verbal attack:

    ‘he launched a broadside against the economic reforms’
    • ‘He has blown onto the scene in a torrent of invective, firing broadside after broadside at the crumbling bastions of public morality.’
    • ‘But Berkovic refused to go without a firing a broadside at O'Neill, claiming the Hoops boss ‘did not even speak’ to the former club record signing.’
    • ‘In an apparent bid to save the crumbling alliance, the two men met yesterday at an undisclosed venue in Cape Town after firing public broadsides at each other for over a week.’
    criticism, censure, denunciation, harangue, rant, polemic, diatribe, tirade, philippic
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  • 2historical A firing of all the guns from one side of a warship.

    • ‘HMS Duke of York fired 80 broadsides; and the Allied ships fired a total of 2,195 shells during the engagement.’
    • ‘To do this they would have to come up alongside our ships leaving them exposed to a broadside from English cannons on our ships.’
    • ‘The Monitor proved impervious to the Virginia's broadsides and captured the imaginations of naval officials and the public.’
    • ‘Without hesitating La Buse sailed straight in, fired a broadside at the galleon, then boarded it, almost without resistance.’
    • ‘The English drove in hard and close, pouring broadsides into the Armada, though they still could not break its formation.’
    salvo, volley, cannonade, barrage, blast, bombardment, fusillade, hail of bullets
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    1. 2.1 The set of guns which can fire on each side of a warship.
      • ‘The Confederate broadsides contained fewer guns with each shot and fewer missiles were launched from the attackers.’
      • ‘While the Roma may be quick, she only has two Class-Two forward mounts and two on each broadside.’
      • ‘The Virginia carried ten major guns (four in each broadside, one bow and one stern gun) and an iron ram.’
      • ‘The battleships opened up their broadsides, and half the alien ships were crushed before their element command could react.’
      • ‘Now within cannon range, the Hurricane and her consorts unmasked their broadsides and hurled a firestorm of plasma cannon fire at the Asp and the remaining corvettes.’
    2. 2.2 The side of a ship above the water between the bow and quarter.
      • ‘Lining up your shot while not giving your foe a chance at your broadside is a challenge, and having the biggest ship doesn't always ensure victory.’
      • ‘As the missiles bore in, the Confederate vessels turned as one and presented their heavily armored broadsides to the incoming fire.’
      • ‘A mere five gun ports open across their broadside.’
      • ‘Finally… he swooped down, raking the cruiser's starboard broadside with his guns, destroying three of the seven turrets placed there.’
      • ‘Because warships mounted almost all their guns on the broadside, and were vulnerable to fire from ahead or astern, actions were usually fought in line ahead.’
  • 3A sheet of paper printed on one side only, forming one large page:

    ‘a broadside of Lee's farewell address’
    • ‘Both his mastery of the irascible and unpredictable George II and his control of a previously unmanageable Parliament were portrayed in countless broadsides and prints as the arts of a veritable political conjuror.’
    • ‘There was a free brochure, done in French fold, with a text pamphlet and, on the verso, a souvenir broadside printed in willow branches like those that appeared in a stretch of wallpaper marking the entrance to the show.’
    • ‘Thus the broadside - generally a single sheet printed on one side - gained popularity and usefulness.’
    • ‘In three cases, words were added from broadsides or other printed sources.’
    • ‘Randall's first publications in 1965 were literally broadsides - single poems printed on large sheets of paper that sold for fifty cents.’
    • ‘Throughout the collection is an assortment of rare books and contemporary works including novels, short stories, poetry, plays, essays, literary historical and critical texts, literary broadsides, and the like.’
    • ‘The story was printed as a broadside - a single sheet of paper about 2ft x 3ft - with high-quality paper and elegant typography.’
    • ‘One of the ways in which the ballad was disseminated was through public performance in the streets by balladeers, who might also sell copies of the songs, printed on broadsides.’
    • ‘Dali responded by printing a broadside, detailing his repudiation of the pavilion.’
    • ‘No other property gets taken away after 10 or 20 years, they wrote in a broadside, so why should books?’
    • ‘A ready market thus opened up for political propaganda - in the form of pamphlets, newspapers, broadsides, squibs, and caricatures - and the print trade rushed to meet it.’
    • ‘This illustration appeared on an 1835 broadside illustrating John Greenleaf Whittier's poem, ‘My countrymen in Chains.’’
    • ‘This odd broadside concluded by proclaiming, ‘We speak in this forum because it is the only one you have put at our disposal.’’
    • ‘And at the same time Dave Haselwood printed up a broadside poem of mine that later appeared in Memoirs of an Interglacial Age, so I could go on a trip with Michael McClure to New York to do readings at colleges and stuff.’
    • ‘From the floods of pamphlets and broadsides of the period, we see newspapers and popular journals, as we will know them, beginning to emerge and to differentiate functions and audiences.’
    • ‘Nathan reports that no-one saw them after they'd dispersed into the crowd to distribute the Committee's broadside condemning Reverend Owings's capitalistic dogma.’
    • ‘Cheap tracts and single sheet broadsides fed an apparently insatiable popular appetite for novelty, sensation and titillation.’
    • ‘They printed their broadsides in a sufficient edition so that all participants in the program could have one.’
    • ‘Most of these were in print and available as broadsides, but that is not the point here: they were ‘traditional’ in the sense of having been in circulation time out of mind, and had not been made up by ballad-mongers between 1800 and 1850.’
    • ‘They printed a broadside in two colors on an early nineteenth-century Columbian handpress in an edition sufficient for all participants in the workshops to have one.’


  • 1With the side turned in a particular direction:

    ‘the yacht was drifting broadside to the wind’
    • ‘He stands broadside to the road's line of travel, his front feet at the bottom of the cutbank where the road is in a trough sliced through a low hill to ease the grade.’
    • ‘What makes jack crevalle difficult to land is their tendency while resting to turn broadside to the angler.’
    • ‘The first rank of four turreted monitors could fire head-on; then seven warships could fire broadside at the fort as they steered sharply to port into the bay.’
    • ‘The ram was standing broadside at about 125 yards.’
    • ‘Because the surveyor must be able to view the length of a log through the angle gauge, it should be observed that as one views the log more end-on instead of broadside, the likelihood of sampling the log vanishes.’
    • ‘Both were also lauded - Mary for her beauty and grace, the Mary Rose because as one of the first warships equipped to fire broadside, she was a marvel of her time.’
    • ‘Any ill-advised surfer who turns a 9-or 10-foot longboard broadside into the tumble of a small wave knows the incredible power of moving water.’
    • ‘While the two ships were lying almost broadside to each other, gun crews of both sides kept blasting away.’
    • ‘A nice buck stepped out of the bush maybe 100 yards to my left and posed broadside, just like a picture in a magazine.’
    • ‘In my experience it seldom happens this way, but suddenly there was a magnificent Kudu bull standing broadside at about 50 yards, with a clear lane through the bush to him.’
    • ‘I lowered the rifle and saw that he had stopped and was standing broadside looking at us.’
    • ‘He was standing broadside at what I would estimate to be the second-closest shot I have ever made in the field, about 35 yards.’
    • ‘As the waiting travellers watched in frozen horror, it slewed crazily to one side as it carried on towards them, wrecking the parapets and heading broadside for the station.’
    • ‘Animals don't come off assembly lines, nor do they obligingly stand around broadside while the hunter finds a solid rest and manipulates the power ring.’
    • ‘The lead doe minced into an opening and paused broadside at 140 yards.’
    • ‘Asteroid brightnesses change every few hours as they spin, first brightening when they are broadside to us and fading when end-on.’
    • ‘Of course, in theory, the game animal is standing broadside, giving the hunter plenty of time to size it properly, select the correct aiming point, and press the trigger.’
    • ‘If they must, they could turn the wagons broadside to the wind and use them for cover, and their felted tents and sleeping sacks would keep them from freezing to death.’
    • ‘While our wingman searched another sector, we decided to search for the raft upwind, figuring a barge broadside to the wind would blow farther than a small raft with a sea anchor.’
    • ‘At around 50 yards I had placed a 325-grain.50 AE bullet into that pig standing broadside.’
    1. 1.1 On the side:
      ‘her car was hit broadside by another vehicle’
      • ‘One tank barely ten meters from Blaine had taken a shot full broadside.’
      • ‘Really, it was headed west on the Route 30 Interstate and it negotiated a lane change without signaling and it struck me broadside.’
      • ‘A purplish, long, vaguely cylindrical ship shot up into the air, and rammed him full broadside.’


[WITH OBJECT]North American
  • Collide with the side of (a vehicle):

    ‘I had to skid my bike sideways to avoid broadsiding her’
    • ‘But Marry Houston's truck hit the outside wall and caromed into Gaughan, who was broadsided by Bryan Refiner after spinning toward the infield.’
    • ‘Caleb Kwan was in a rather serious car accident tonight when his BMW was broadsided by a large truck.’
    • ‘But all of that changed on November 5, 1983 when a drunk driver broadsided the Fisher's car one block away from their house.’
    • ‘A woman backing out of her driveway was broadsided on the driver's side of her car by another vehicle heading south on 131st Avenue SE in east Snohomish.’
    • ‘This one I missed seeing until it was nearly too late, and as I took evasive action I nearly broadsided another car that I was not even aware was there!’
    • ‘Khosa's truck struck two pedestrians on Marine Drive, broadsided a sport utility truck, sending it and its driver flying, and hit a parked car.’
    • ‘The vehicle driven by Erin Brockovich, an unemployed single mother of three, is broadsided by a speeding car at an intersection.’
    • ‘Ever since I was broadsided in a hit and run incident, my door and lock just don't function as they should all the time.’
    • ‘Three years ago, in Arlington Heights, Illinois, Police Officer Chuck Tiedge's squad car was broadsided by a hearse that ran a red light.’
    • ‘Rhode's craft was suddenly broadsided by a direct hit as it took a defensive position in front of Porter's smoking craft.’
    • ‘We were southbound on a major interstate, completely oblivious to the fact that, within a matter of seconds, another vehicle nearly would broadside us.’
    • ‘Anyone who was broadsided because they forgot to look left before entering an intersection will tell you how they wished they could turn back the clock.’