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broad•side



Pronunciation: (brôd'sīd"), [key]
n., adv., v., -sid•ed, -sid•ing.


n.
1. the whole side of a ship above the water line, from the bow to the quarter.
2. Navy.
a. all the guns that can be fired from one side of a warship.
b. a simultaneous discharge of all the guns on one side of a warship.
3. any strong or comprehensive attack, as by criticism.
4. Also called broad•sheet Pronunciation: (brôd'shēt"). [key]
a. a sheet of paper printed on one or both sides, as for distribution or posting.
b. any printed advertising circular.
5. any broad surface or side, as of a house.
6. Also called broad'side bal'lad. a song, chiefly in 16th- and 17th-century England, written on a topical subject, printed on broadsides, and sung in public, as on a street corner, by a professional balladeer.

adv.
1. with the side, esp. with the broader side, facing toward a given point or object: The truck hit the fence broadside.
2. in a wide-ranging manner; at random: to attack the President's policies broadside.

v.i.
1. to proceed or go broadside.
2. to fire a broadside or broadsides.

v.t.
1. to collide with or run into the side of (a vehicle, object, person, etc.): We got broadsided on the freeway.
2. to make concerted verbal attacks on: The President was broadsided by the opposition.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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