- all the guns that can be fired from one side of a warship.
- a simultaneous discharge of all the guns on one side of a warship.
- a sheet of paper printed on one or both sides, as for distribution or posting.
- any printed advertising circular.
verb (used without object), broad·sid·ed, broad·sid·ing.
verb (used with object), broad·sid·ed, broad·sid·ing.
Origin of broadside
Examples from the Web for broadside
A broadside advertising them in 1864 emphasized their appeal to “the Democratic Social Circle”—whatever that was.How a Racist Newspaper Defeated Lincoln in New York in the 1864 Election|Harold Holzer|May 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
That broadside forced Romney to go a step or two further in defense of his plan than he usually prefers to go.Michael Tomasky on How Rick Santorum Nailed Mitt on Romneycare|Michael Tomasky|January 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The government agency backed its broadside against Hope, claiming to have received “indignant protests” over the ad campaign.
The continual report of our broadside guns had been heard for quite a distance north and south of Murrell Inlet.The Story of a Strange Career|Anonymous
From the broadside tubes torpedoes could be trained through an arc of 30 degrees.A Sub and a Submarine|Percy F. Westerman
This ballad was copied from a broadside in the possession of the library of Harvard University.Poems of American History|Various
On their refusing to do so, he fired a broadside into the nearest ship.A True Hero|W.H.G. Kingston
The first broadside of the Confiance killed and disabled forty of the Saratoga's crew.Vermont|Rowland E. Robinson
- all the armament fired from one side of a warship
- the simultaneous discharge of such armament
1590s, "side of a ship" (technically, "the side of a ship above the water, between the bow and the quarter"), 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).