- the entire side of a ship above the waterline
- the simultaneous firing of all the guns on one side of a warship
- a vigorous or abusive attack in words, esp. in a newspaper
- the broad surface of any large object
- a large sheet of paper printed on one side, as with a political message
- in 17th-cent. England, a popular ballad printed on such a sheet (also broadside ballad)
- a large sheet of paper printed on both sides, as with advertising, and often folded
- with the side turned (to something): a boat drifting helplessly, broadside to the waves
- directly in the side: the train rammed the car broadside
- indiscriminately: to level charges broadside
transitive verb-·sid·ed, -·sid·ing
to hit or attack broadside or with a broadside
- The side of a ship above the water line.
- a. All the guns on one side of a warship.b. The simultaneous discharge of these guns.
- A forceful verbal attack, as in a speech or editorial.
- a. A large sheet of paper usually printed on one side.b. Something, such as an advertisement or public notice, that is printed on a broadside. Also called broadsheet .
- A broad, unbroken surface.
With the side turned to a given point or object; sideways: The wave hit the canoe broadside and sank it.
transitive verbbroad·sid·ed, broad·sid·ing, broad·sides
To strike or collide with full on the side: lost control of the truck and broadsided the car.
(third-person singular simple present broadsides, present participle broadsiding, simple past and past participle broadsided)
- To collide with something sideways on