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[fyoo-suh-leyd, -lahd, -zuh-] /ˈfyu səˌleɪd, -ˌlɑd, -zə-/
a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.
a general discharge or outpouring of anything:
a fusillade of questions.
verb (used with object), fusilladed, fusillading.
to attack or shoot by a fusillade.
Origin of fusillade
1795-1805; < French, equivalent to fusill(er) to shoot (see fusil1) + -ade -ade1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fusillade
  • It's only the latest fusillade in the on-going war between the sports leagues.
  • Innkeepers think the bans themselves are illegal, and have fired a fusillade of legal challenges.
  • With the data fusillade focused on a single port, the engineers could study it, even if they couldn't stop it.
  • In a fusillade of nails and other bits of metal two victims were killed and fifty-six wounded.
  • Not necessarily swans, even crows, even the evening fusillade of bats.
  • He barely takes a breath in his rhymes or pauses to inject stillness into the fusillade of words and ideas.
  • With the first phase of research finally finished, the group has decided to launch a fusillade of papers to scientific journals.
  • Needless to say, the engagement with their real-world counterparts means these two top contenders are in full fusillade mode.
  • Almost immediately, they came under a fusillade of fire from a large white building on the far edge of the apartment complex.
  • He was discovered and wounded in the fusillade that began as soon as he was seen.
British Dictionary definitions for fusillade


/ˌfjuːzɪˈleɪd; -ˈlɑːd/
a simultaneous or rapid continual discharge of firearms
a sudden outburst, as of criticism
(transitive) to attack with a fusillade
Word Origin
C19: from French, from fusiller to shoot; see fusil1
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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