from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The side of a ship above the water line.
  • noun All the guns on one side of a warship.
  • noun The simultaneous discharge of these guns.
  • noun A forceful verbal attack, as in a speech or editorial.
  • noun A large sheet of paper usually printed on one side.
  • noun Something, such as an advertisement or public notice, that is printed on a broadside.
  • noun A broad, unbroken surface.
  • adverb With the side turned to a given point or object; sideways.
  • transitive verb To strike or collide with full on the side.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The whole side of a ship above the water-line, from the bow to the quarter.
  • noun A simultaneous discharge of all the guns on one side of a vessel of war: as, to fire a broadside.
  • noun In general, any comprehensive attack with weapons of any kind directed against one point or object.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Any surface resembling the side of a ship in breadth, etc., as a house-front.
  • With the broadside directed toward the point specified.
  • Pell-mell; unceremoniously: as, to go or send broadside.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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