- a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.
- a general discharge or outpouring of anything
"simultaneous discharge of firearms," 1801, from Fr. fusillade, from fusiller "to shoot," from fusil "musket" (see fusilier).
"The structure is called a lighthouse because 146 four-kilowatt lights are mounted on its summit. They point straight up, assaulting the heavens with a fusillade of light intense enough to cause blackouts in surrounding neighborhoods."
- Charles Mann, 1493: Uncovering the World Columbus Created