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[waw-ter-sahyd, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌsaɪd, ˈwɒt ər-/
the margin, bank, or shore of a river, lake, ocean, etc.
of, relating to, or situated at the waterside:
waterside insects; a waterside resort.
working by the waterside:
waterside police.
Origin of waterside
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at water, side1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Our route brought us along by the waterside, and we travelled hard all that night.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The dairy-maid was down by the waterside now, calling across toward the boat.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • Through these Lydia led the way to the fallen birch by the waterside.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • I picked you up by the waterside, like a starving cat—by God.

  • Dark and impenetrable at night, like the face of a forest, is the London waterside.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • There were no cottages on the hills; there were no fish-flakes and stages by the waterside.

    Billy Topsail & Company

    Norman Duncan
  • Her whispered word to Menehwehna had been to keep by the waterside.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • They went and sat down with their workboxes by the waterside under the arbour.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • She keeps asking mother to take her down to the waterside and the fish market.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • The light-footed Caribs were swiftly gliding to their tasks at the waterside.

British Dictionary definitions for waterside


  1. the area of land beside a body of water
  2. (as modifier): waterside houses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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