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[fyoo-suh-leyd, -lahd, -zuh-]
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  1. a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.
  2. a general discharge or outpouring of anything: a fusillade of questions.
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verb (used with object), fu·sil·lad·ed, fu·sil·lad·ing.
  1. to attack or shoot by a fusillade.
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Origin of fusillade

1795–1805; < French, equivalent to fusill(er) to shoot (see fusil1) + -ade -ade1
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  1. a simultaneous or rapid continual discharge of firearms
  2. a sudden outburst, as of criticism
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  1. (tr) to attack with a fusillade
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Word Origin

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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