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sidewall

[sahyd-wawl] /ˈsaɪdˌwɔl/
noun
1.
the part of a pneumatic tire between the edge of the tread and the rim of the wheel.
2.
a wall that serves as the side of a structure.
3.
the side part of the upper of a shoe.
Origin of sidewall
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at side1, wall
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  • Crowbar ready, Ken flattened himself against the sidewall, pulling his companion back with him.

    Seed of the Arctic Ice H. G. Winter
  • It toppled and spilled half its contents on the cargo-hold floor, which had been a sidewall.

    Planet of Dread Murray Leinster
  • One reached these upper offices by a long walled passageway to the left, where the sidewall of the bank adjoins the McCall garden.

  • Farrow went over the back of the seat in a flurry and I rolled off of my stretcher into the angle of the floor and the sidewall.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • He followed when she went to a doorway—with a security guard beside it—in the sidewall.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • The shell had struck a sidewall in the bar, and glanced off through the doorway without exploding.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • They reached the mysterious objects being manufactured in a row around half the sidewall of the Shed.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • It turned clumsily, and carefully circled the scaffolding, and moved toward a sidewall of the Shed.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • It was one of those utterly ungainly creations that were built around one half of the sidewall of the Shed.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • The assembly line of pushpots grew shorter, and the remaining monstrosities around the sidewall were plainly near to completion.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for sidewall

sidewall

/ˈsaɪdˌwɔːl/
noun
1.
either of the sides of a pneumatic tyre between the tread and the rim
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