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fusillade

[fyoo-suh-leyd, -lahd, -zuh-] /ˈfyu səˌleɪd, -ˌlɑd, -zə-/
noun
1.
a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.
2.
a general discharge or outpouring of anything:
a fusillade of questions.
verb (used with object), fusilladed, fusillading.
3.
to attack or shoot by a fusillade.
Origin of fusillade
1795-1805
1795-1805; < French, equivalent to fusill(er) to shoot (see fusil1) + -ade -ade1
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  • A fusillade of shots poured out of the darkness upon the well-lighted defenders.

    The Year When Stardust Fell Raymond F. Jones
  • The net result of his fusillade of interrogatories, however, was exceedingly meagre.

    No Clue James Hay
  • Charlie faced the fusillade and coolly replied with several vicious upper-cuts reminiscent of Border days.

  • We warned them back, but they cursed us and discharged a fusillade from their pistols.

    The Scarlet Plague Jack London
  • There was a tense moment of waiting, and then the fusillade began again, pitifully weak from the sheepmen.

    The Free Range Francis William Sullivan
  • They, too, fled before the fusillade and the hail of shot that descended on them.

  • She pouted and frowned, both at once, and the Colonel bawled through the noise of the fusillade, "Being what?"

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
  • A fusillade of shots and a babel of yelling from outside interrupted his words.

    The Mountain Divide Frank H. Spearman
  • At a distance of 800 yards in front of us stretched the dark border of the wood, from which the fusillade was coming.

    In the Field (1914-1915) Marcel Dupont
British Dictionary definitions for fusillade

fusillade

/ˌfjuːzɪˈleɪd; -ˈlɑːd/
noun
1.
a simultaneous or rapid continual discharge of firearms
2.
a sudden outburst, as of criticism
verb
3.
(transitive) to attack with a fusillade
Word Origin
C19: from French, from fusiller to shoot; see fusil1
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Word Origin and History for fusillade
n.

"simultaneous discharge of firearms," 1801, from French fusillade, from fusiller "to shoot," from fusil "musket" (see fusilier). As a verb from 1816.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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