—n. 1. the whole side of a ship above the water line, from the bow to the quarter.
2. Navy. a. all the guns that can be fired from one side of a warship.
b. a simultaneous discharge of all the guns on one side of a warship.
3. any strong or comprehensive attack, as by criticism.
4. Also calledbroad•sheetPronunciation: (brôd'shēt").[key] a. a sheet of paper printed on one or both sides, as for distribution or posting.
b. any printed advertising circular.
5. any broad surface or side, as of a house.
6. Also called broad'side bal'lad. 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.
—adv. 1. with the side, esp. with the broader side, facing toward a given point or object: The truck hit the fence broadside. 2. in a wide-ranging manner; at random: to attack the President's policies broadside.
—v.i. 1. to proceed or go broadside.
2. to fire a broadside or broadsides.
—v.t. 1. to collide with or run into the side of (a vehicle, object, person, etc.): We got broadsided on the freeway. 2. to make concerted verbal attacks on: The President was broadsided by the opposition.