[fyoo-suh-leyd, -lahd, -zuh-]
- a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.
- a general discharge or outpouring of anything: a fusillade of questions.
- to attack or shoot by a fusillade.
Origin of fusillade
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He followed with a fusillade of questions in strange and varying tongues.
But he had scarcely turned his head when a fusillade burst out.
But the fusillade had begun afresh, this time on the left, in the olive plantations.
They, too, fled before the fusillade and the hail of shot that descended on them.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
A fusillade of shots and a babel of yelling from outside interrupted his words.The Mountain Divide
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- a simultaneous or rapid continual discharge of firearms
- a sudden outburst, as of criticism
- (tr) to attack with a fusillade
C19: from French, from fusiller to shoot; see fusil 1
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Word Origin and History for fusillade
"simultaneous discharge of firearms," 1801, from French fusillade, from fusiller "to shoot," from fusil "musket" (see fusilier). As a verb from 1816.
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