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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The side of a ship above the water line.
  • n. All the guns on one side of a warship.
  • n. The simultaneous discharge of these guns.
  • n. A forceful verbal attack, as in a speech or editorial.
  • n. A large sheet of paper usually printed on one side.
  • n. Something, such as an advertisement or public notice, that is printed on a broadside. Also called broadsheet.
  • n. A broad, unbroken surface.
  • adv. With the side turned to a given point or object; sideways: The wave hit the canoe broadside and sank it.
  • transitive v. To strike or collide with full on the side: lost control of the truck and broadsided the car.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One side of a ship above the water line; all the guns on one side of a warship; their simultaneous firing.
  • n. A forceful attack, be it written or spoken.
  • n. A large sheet of paper, printed on one side and folded.
  • n. The printed lyrics of a folk song or ballad; a broadsheet.
  • adv. Sideways; with the side turned to the direction of some object.
  • v. To collide with something sideways on

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The side of a ship above the water line, from the bow to the quarter.
  • n. A discharge of or from all the guns on one side of a ship, at the same time.
  • n. A volley of abuse or denunciation.
  • n. A sheet of paper containing one large page, or printed on one side only; -- called also broadsheet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • With the broadside directed toward the point specified.
  • Pell-mell; unceremoniously: as, to go or send broadside.
  • n. The whole side of a ship above the water-line, from the bow to the quarter.
  • n. A simultaneous discharge of all the guns on one side of a vessel of war: as, to fire a broadside.
  • n. In general, any comprehensive attack with weapons of any kind directed against one point or object.
  • n. A sheet printed on one side only, and without arrangement in columns; especially, such a sheet containing some item of news, or an attack upon some person, etc., and designed for distribution.
  • n. Any surface resembling the side of a ship in breadth, etc., as a house-front.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. collide with the broad side of
  • n. the whole side of a vessel from stem to stern
  • n. all of the armament that is fired from one side of a warship
  • n. a speech of violent denunciation
  • n. an advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution
  • adv. with a side facing an object
  • adj. toward a full side
  • n. the simultaneous firing of all the armament on one side of a warship

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