fusillade
1. noun
a) the simultaneous firing of a number of firearms

But her husband was on his hands and knees groping wildly on the floor in search of the paw. If he could only find it before the thing outside got in. A perfect fusillade of knocks reverberated through the house, and he heard the scraping of a chair as his wife put it down in the passage against the door.

2. verb
to fire, or attack with, a fusillade

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  • fusillade — [ fyzijad ] n. f. • 1771; de fusiller 1 ♦ Décharge de coups de fusil, et par ext. Combat à coups de fusil. Une fusillade a éclaté. « le crépitement de la fusillade » (France). 2 ♦ Action de fusiller pour exécuter. « Les miliciens et suspects… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • fusillade — [fyo͞o′sə läd΄, fyoo′səlād΄; fyoo′zəläd, fyoo′zəlād] n. [Fr < fusiller, to shoot < fusil: see FUSIL2] 1. a simultaneous or rapid and continuous discharge of many firearms 2. something like this [a fusillade of questions] vt. fusilladed,… …   English World dictionary

  • Fusillade — Fu sil*lade , n. [F. fusillade, cf. It. fucilata. See {Fusil} a firelock.] (Mil.) A simultaneous discharge of firearms. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fusillade — simultaneous discharge of firearms, 1801, from Fr. fusillade, from fusiller to shoot, from fusil musket (see FUSILIER (Cf. fusilier)). As a verb from 1816 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Fusillade — Fu sil*lade , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fusillader}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fusillading}.] To shoot down of shoot at by a simultaneous discharge of firearms. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fusillade — index discharge (shot), onset (assault), salvo Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fusillade — FUSILLADE: Seule manière de faire taire les Parisiens …   Dictionnaire des idées reçues

  • fusillade — [n] rapid outburst barrage, broadside, burst of fire, hail, salvo, volley; concept 633 …   New thesaurus

  • fusillade — ► NOUN ▪ a series of shots fired at the same time or in rapid succession. ORIGIN French …   English terms dictionary

  • Fusillade — A fusillade is the simultaneous and continuous firing of a group of firearms on command. It stems from the French word fusil , meaning firearm, and fusiller meaning to shoot. [http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/fusillade Yahoo! …   Wikipedia

  • fusillade — noun Etymology: French, from fusiller to shoot, from fusil Date: 1801 1. a. a number of shots fired simultaneously or in rapid succession b. something that gives the effect of a fusillade < a fusillade of rocks and bottles > 2. a spirited… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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