the whole side of a ship above the water line, from the bow to the quarter.
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.
any strong or comprehensive attack, as by criticism.
Also called broadsheet.
a sheet of paper printed on one or both sides, as for distribution or posting.
any printed advertising circular.
any broad surface or side, as of a house.
Also called broadside ballad. a song, chiefly in 16th- and 17th-century England, written on a topical subject, printed on broadsides, and sung in public, as on a street corner, by a professional balladeer.
with the side, especially with the broader, side, facing toward a given point or object: The truck hit the fence broadside.
in a wide-ranging manner; at random: to attack the president's policies broadside.
verb (used without object), broadsided, broadsiding.
to proceed or go broadside.
to fire a broadside or broadsides.
verb (used with object), broadsided, broadsiding.
to collide with or run into the side of (a vehicle, object, person, etc.): We got broadsided on the freeway.
to make concerted verbal attacks on: The president was broadsided by the opposition.

1565–75; broad + side1 Unabridged
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broadside (ˈbrɔːdˌsaɪd)
1.  nautical the entire side of a vessel, from stem to stern and from waterline to rail
2.  navy
 a.  all the armament fired from one side of a warship
 b.  the simultaneous discharge of such armament
3.  a strong or abusive verbal or written attack
4.  Also called: broadside ballad a ballad or popular song printed on one side of a sheet of paper and sold by hawkers, esp in 16th-century England
5.  any standard size of paper before cutting or folding: demy broadside
6.  another name for broadsheet
7.  a large flat surface: the broadside of the barn
8.  with a broader side facing an object; sideways: the train hit the lorry broadside

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Word Origin & History

1590s, "side of a ship" (technically, "the side of a ship above the water, between the bow and the quarter"), from broad + side; 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).
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Example sentences
In an unexpected eddy, his boat spun broadside and flipped against a boulder,
  throwing him into the river.
His prose was wordy and ornate but also sharp-edged and funny, packing the
  punch of an old-style broadside.
Plus now you are clearly materially involving a creator in a physical process,
  opening yourself to every broadside from science.
Now they are out to deliver a full broadside on history.
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