- by or at the side of; near: Sit down beside me.
- compared with: Beside him other writers seem amateurish.
- apart from; not connected with: beside the point; beside the question.
- besides(defs 4, 5).
- along the side of something: The family rode in the carriage, and the dog ran along beside.
- besides(def 2).
- beside oneself, almost out of one's senses from a strong emotion, as from joy, delight, anger, fear, or grief: He was beside himself with rage when the train left without him.
Origin of beside
For the prepositional meanings “over and above, in addition to” and “except” besides is preferred, especially in edited writing: Besides these honors he received a sum of money. We heard no other sound besides the breaking surf. However, beside sometimes occurs with these meanings as well.
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Examples from the Web for beside
Beside that man is yet another Trinidadian, widely identified as Shazam Mohammed.ISIS Has a Bigger Coalition Than We Do
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“It may be kind of beside the point to argue whether a gubernatorial candidate is close to Obama,” he said.Even Local School Board Members Are Running Against Obama
Center for Public Integrity
October 2, 2014
But what—beside perhaps killing ISIS members—could The Artist Formerly Known As Blackwater do for the world today?Blackwater Founder Wants to Fight Ebola, ISIS, and for the GOP to ‘Get Off Their Ass’
September 20, 2014
Beside the mug shot of McCollum was one of a man named Wayne Laws.How the North Carolina GOP Made a Wrongfully Convicted Man a Death Row Scapegoat
September 4, 2014
A city garbage truck hit him and left him where he stopped rolling, beside the road on a hill half a mile from the house.The Stacks: A Dog Dies, a Boy Grows Up
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Beside it were bottles, phials, and other appliances of a sick chamber.Life in London
Then he bethought him that there was one beside him who was fitter to judge on such a matter.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Not from the street, for all beside was still; even the roar of London was hushed!Weighed and Wanting
The service for him was Sidney, rather awed and very serious, beside the altar.
The medicine-tray lay at Carlotta's elbow; beside it the box of labels.
- next to; at, by, or to the side of
- as compared with
- away from; wide ofbeside the point
- archaic besides
- beside oneself (postpositive often foll by with) overwhelmed; overwroughtbeside oneself with grief
- at, by, to, or along the side of something or someone
Old English be sīdan; see by, side
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Word Origin and History for beside
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