broadside (n.)

"side of a ship" (technically, "the side of a ship above the water, between the bow and the quarter"), 1590s, from broad (adj.) + side (n.); 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). As an adverb by 1870; as an adjective by 1932. As a verb from 1930, "to skid sideways" (intransitive); transitive sense "to strike broadside, collide with the side of" is by 1970.

updated on August 24, 2017

Definitions of broadside from WordNet
broadside (n.)
an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution;
broadside (n.)
a speech of violent denunciation;
Synonyms: tirade / philippic
broadside (n.)
all of the armament that is fired from one side of a warship;
broadside (n.)
the whole side of a vessel from stem to stern;
the ship was broadside to the dock
broadside (n.)
the simultaneous firing of all the armament on one side of a warship;
broadside (v.)
collide with the broad side of;
broadside (adv.)
with a side facing an object;
the wave caught the canoe broadside and capsized it
the train hit the truck broadside
broadside (adj.)
toward a full side;
a broadside attack
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