[ sahyd-on, -awn ]

  1. (of two objects) meeting with the sides foremost.

  1. with the side or sides foremost, especially in a collision: The other car struck me side-on.

Origin of side-on

First recorded in 1905–10

Words Nearby side-on Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use side-on in a sentence

  • They had swung side-on as the hole opened, and her glance focused itself upon the smaller of the two.

    The Readjustment | Will Irwin
  • I caught sight of the old man side-on and I saw he was hurt by something more than a punch.

    The Readjustment | Will Irwin
  • Flying, they look extremely like May flies, being carried side-on to the wind.

  • "Kept you from throwing her side-on and giving me that spill you promised," he chuckled.

    Down the Yellowstone | Lewis R. Freeman
  • I was loath to do ut, but I wint round an' swung into the jaw side-on an' shifted ut a half pace to the lef'.

    Soldiers Three | Rudyard Kipling