Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A discharge from a number of firearms, fired simultaneously or in rapid succession.
  • n. A rapid outburst or barrage: a fusillade of insults.
  • transitive v. To attack with a fusillade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the simultaneous firing of a number of firearms
  • n. a rapid outburst
  • v. to fire, or attack with, a fusillade

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A simultaneous discharge of firearms.
  • transitive v. To shoot down of shoot at by a simultaneous discharge of firearms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A simultaneous or continuous discharge of musketry: sometimes used figuratively.
  • To attack or shoot down by a fusillade.

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

  • v. attack with fusillade
  • n. rapid simultaneous discharge of firearms

Etymologies

French, from fusiller, to shoot, from fusil, firearm; see fusil.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Then, from lower down to the right, there came a fusillade from the English lines suddenly breaking out, and after a few minutes as suddenly stopping again.

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  • But the only casualty of the fusillade was a little white goat who happened to be standing idly by, just in the wrong spot.

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  • In their body language and their rulings, the justices often make it clear that they are happier when the target of their fusillade is a familiar face.

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  • The last words of the speaker were nearly drowned in a heavy fusillade which issued from the woods close by.

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  • The fusillade of 7.62mm rounds chewed the three jihadis to pieces.

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  • All it took was one open-ended question about Android to unleash a fusillade of anti-Google invective.

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  • PARIS— Boeing Co. continues to study the future of its best-selling, 737 single-aisle airplane as European rival Airbus prepares to announce at this week's Paris Air Show a fusillade of orders for a revamped version of its competing A320 jet.

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  • Pakistani Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, the Army chief of staff, prefers the training to the fusillade of missile strikes in the tribal areas from pilotless U.S. drones.

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  • To his amazement, the target opens his eyes after the fusillade and discovers he is still alive.

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  • A pistol cracked from the shoal, a second, and a third; then a regular fusillade began.

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