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Meaning of side by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: sīd, IPA: /saɪd/, X-SAMPA: /saId/
    • Rhymes: -aɪd


    From Old English sīde, from Proto-Germanic *sīdōn .


    side ( plural: sides )

    1. A bounding straight edge of a two-dimensional shape .
      A square has four sides .
    2. A flat surface of a three-dimensional object; a face .
      A cube has six sides .
    3. One half ( left or right, top or bottom, front or back, etc. ) of something or someone .
      Which side of the tray shall I put it on?
      The patient was bleeding on the right side .
    4. A region in a specified position with respect to something .
      Meet me on the north side of the monument .
    5. One surface of a sheet of paper ( used instead of "page", which can mean one or both surfaces. )
      John wrote 15 sides for his essay!
    6. One possible aspect of a concept .
      Look on the bright side .
    7. One set of competitors in a game .
      Which side has kick-off?
    8. ( UK, Australian, Ireland ) A sports team.
    9. A group having a particular allegiance in a conflict or competition .
      In the second world war, the Italians were on the side of the Germans .
    10. ( sports, billiards, snooker, pool ) Sidespin; english
      He had to put a bit of side on to hit the pink ball
    11. ( UK, Australian, Ireland, dated ) A television channel, usually as opposed to the one currently being watched ( from when there were only two channels ) .
      I just want to see what's on the other side — James said there was a good film on tonight .
    12. ( US, colloquial ) A dish that accompanies the main course; a side dish .
      Do you want a side of cole-slaw with that?



    side ( third-person singular simple present sides present participle siding, simple past and past participle sided )

    1. ( intransitive ) To ally oneself, be in an alliance, usually with "with" or rarely "in with"
      Which will you side with, good or evil?
      1958 Archer Fullingim, The Kountze [Texas] News, August 28, 1958:
      "How does it feel...to...side in with those who voted against you in 1947?"


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    Etymology 1

    From the adjective sīd



    1. widely

    Etymology 2

    Proto-Germanic *sīdōn, whence also Old High German sīta


    sīde f .

    1. side


    By Wiktionary ( 2012/08/01 11:11 UTC Version )


    From side


    • IPA: /saɪd/
    • Rhymes: -aɪd
    • Homophone: side, sighed



    1. Beside; next to; adjacent to .

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    [+] English words suffixed with -side

Explanation of side by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. take sides for or against

    2. I'm siding against the current candidate
    1. located on a side

    2. side fences
      the side porch
    1. an extended outer surface of an object

    2. he turned the box over to examine the bottom side
      they painted all four sides of the house
    3. either the left or right half of a body

    4. he had a pain in his side
    5. an aspect of something ( as contrasted with some other implied aspect )

    6. he was on the heavy side
      he is on the purchasing side of the business
      it brought out his better side
    7. an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute

    8. there are two sides to every question
    9. the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist

    10. a lengthwise dressed half of an animal's carcass used for food

    11. a family line of descent

    12. he gets his brains from his father's side
    13. one of two or more contesting groups

    14. the Confederate side was prepared to attack
    15. a surface forming part of the outside of an object

    16. he examined all sides of the crystal
    17. a line segment forming part of the perimeter of a plane figure

    18. the hypotenuse of a right triangle is always the longest side
    19. a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location

    20. they always sat on the right side of the church
      he never left my side
    21. an elevated geological formation

    22. the house was built on the side of a mountain

    Definition of side by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Side ( sīd ), n. [AS. sīde; akin to D. zijde, G. seite, OHG. sīta, Icel. sīa, Dan. side, Sw. sida; cf. AS. sīd large, spacious, Icel. sīr long, hanging.]
      1. The margin, edge, verge, or border of a surface; especially ( when the thing spoken of is somewhat oblong in shape ), one of the longer edges as distinguished from the shorter edges, called ends; a bounding line of a geometrical figure; as, “the side of a field, of a square or triangle, of a river, of a road, etc.”

      3. Any outer portion of a thing considered apart from, and yet in relation to, the rest; as, “the upper side of a sphere”; also, any part or position viewed as opposite to or contrasted with another; as, “this or that side”.

      Looking round on every side beheld

      A pathless desert. Milton.

      4. One of the halves of the body, of an animals or man, on either side of the mesial plane; or that which pertains to such a half; as, “a side of beef; a side of sole leather.” The right or left part of the wall or trunk of the body; as, “a pain in the side”.

      One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side. John xix. 34.

      5. A slope or declivity, as of a hill, considered as opposed to another slope over the ridge.

      Along the side of yon small hill. Milton.

      6. The position of a person or party regarded as opposed to another person or party, whether as a rival or a foe; a body of advocates or partisans; a party; hence, the interest or cause which one maintains against another; a doctrine or view opposed to another.

      God on our side, doubt not of victory. Shak.

      We have not always been of the . . . same side in politics. Landor.

      Sets the passions on the side of truth. Pope.

      7. A line of descent traced through one parent as distinguished from that traced through another.

      To sit upon thy father David's throne,

      By mother's side thy father. Milton.

      8. Fig.: Aspect or part regarded as contrasted with some other; as, “the bright side of poverty”.

      By the side of, close at hand; near to. -- Exterior side. ( Fort. ) See Exterior, and Illust. of Ravelin. -- Interior side ( Fort. ), the line drawn from the center of one bastion to that of the next, or the line curtain produced to the two oblique radii in front. H. L. Scott. -- Side by side, close together and abreast; in company or along with. -- To choose sides, to select those who shall compete, as in a game, on either side. -- To take sides, to attach one's self to, or give assistance to, one of two opposing sides or parties.

    2. Side a.
      1. Of or pertaining to a side, or the sides; being on the side, or toward the side; lateral.

      One mighty squadron with a side wind sped. Dryden.

      2. Hence, indirect; oblique; collateral; incidental; as, “a side issue; a side view or remark.”

      The law hath no side respect to their persons. Hooker.

      3. [AS. sīd. Cf Side, n.] Long; large; extensive. [Obs. or Scot.] Shak.

      His gown had side sleeves down to mid leg. Laneham.

      Side action, in breech-loading firearms, a mechanism for operating the breech block, which is moved by a lever that turns sidewise. -- Side arms, weapons worn at the side, as sword, bayonet, pistols, etc. -- Side ax, an ax of which the handle is bent to one side. -- Side-bar rule ( Eng. Law. ), a rule authorized by the courts to be granted by their officers as a matter of course, without formal application being made to them in open court; -- so called because anciently moved for by the attorneys at side bar, that is, informally. Burril. -- Side box, a box or inclosed seat on the side of a theater.

      To insure a side-box station at half price. Cowper.

      -- Side chain, one of two safety chains connecting a tender with a locomotive, at the sides. ( Chem. ) a chain of atoms attached to the main structure of a large molecule, especially of a polymer. -- Side cut, a canal or road branching out from the main one. [U.S.] -- Side dish, one of the dishes subordinate to the main course. -- Side glance, a glance or brief look to one side. -- Side hook ( Carp. ), a notched piece of wood for clamping a board to something, as a bench. -- Side lever, a working beam of a side-lever engine. -- Side-lever engine, a marine steam engine having a working beam of each side of the cylinder, near the bottom of the engine, communicating motion to a crank that is above them. -- Side pipe ( Steam Engine ), a steam or exhaust pipe connecting the upper and lower steam chests of the cylinder of a beam engine. -- Side plane, a plane in which the cutting edge of the iron is at the side of the stock. -- Side posts ( Carp. ), posts in a truss, usually placed in pairs, each post set at the
      same distance from the middle of the truss, for supporting the principal rafters, hanging the tiebeam, etc. -- Side rod. One of the rods which connect the piston-rod crosshead with the side levers, in a side-lever engine. See Parallel rod, under Parallel. -- Side screw ( Firearms ), one of the screws by which the lock is secured to the side of a firearm stock. -- Side table, a table placed either against the wall or aside from the principal table. -- Side tool ( Mach. ), a cutting tool, used in a lathe or planer, having the cutting edge at the side instead of at the point. -- Side wind, a wind from one side; hence, an indirect attack, or indirect means. Wright.

    3. Side, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sided; p. pr. & vb. n. Siding.]
      1. To lean on one side. [Obs.] Bacon.

      2. To embrace the opinions of one party, or engage in its interest, in opposition to another party; to take sides; as, “to side with the ministerial party”.

      All side in parties, and begin the attack. Pope.

    4. Side, v. t.
      1. To be or stand at the side of; to be on the side toward. [Obs.]

      His blind eye that sided Paridell. Spenser.

      2. To suit; to pair; to match. [Obs.] Clarendon.

      3. ( Shipbuilding ) To work ( a timber or rib ) to a certain thickness by trimming the sides.

      4. To furnish with a siding; as, “to side a house”.