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/ saɪd /
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one of the surfaces forming the outside of or bounding a thing, or one of the lines bounding a geometric figure.
either of the two broad surfaces of a thin, flat object, as a door, a piece of paper, etc.
one of the lateral surfaces of an object, as opposed to the front, back, top, and bottom.
either of the two lateral parts or areas of a thing: the right side and the left side.
either lateral half of the body, especially of the trunk, of a human or animal.
the dressed, lengthwise half of an animal's body, as of beef or pork, used for food.
an aspect or phase, especially as contrasted with another aspect or phase: to consider all sides of a problem.
region, direction, or position with reference to a central line, space, or point: the east side of a city.
a slope, as of a hill.
one of two or more contesting teams, groups, parties, etc.: Our side won the baseball game.
the position, course, or part of a person or group opposing another: I am on your side in this issue.
line of descent through either the father or the mother: grandparents on one's maternal side.
the space immediately adjacent to something or someone indicated: Stand at my side.
Informal. a side dish, as in a restaurant: I'll have a hamburger and a side of French fries.
Usually sides .Theater.
- pages of a script containing only the lines and cues of a specific role to be learned by a performer.
- the lines of the role.
Nautical. the hull portion that is normally out of the water, located between the stem and stern to port or starboard.
Billiards. English (def. 9).
- either of the two surfaces of a phonograph record or the two tracks on a audiotape.
- Slang. a phonograph record.
Chiefly British Slang.
- affected manner; pretension; assumed haughtiness: to put on side.
- impudence; gall: He has a lot of side.
being at or on one side: the side aisles of a theater.
coming from one side.
directed toward one side: a side blow.
subordinate or incidental: a side issue.
Verb Phrases past and past participle sid·ed,present participle sid·ing.
side with / against to favor or support or refuse to support one group, opinion, etc., against opposition; take sides, as in a dispute: He always sides with the underdog.
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Idioms about side
- separate from the main issue or point of interest.
- in addition to one's regular, or known work, interest, relationships, etc.: She tried selling cosmetics on the side. He dates another girl on the side.
- as a side dish: a hamburger with French fries on the side.
on the side, Informal.
on the adjective side, rather more than less; tending toward (the quality or condition specified): This cake is a little on the sweet side.
- next to one another; together.
- closely associated or related; in proximity: A divided city in which democracy and communism must live side by side.
side by side,
take sides, to give one's support to one person or group in a dispute; be partial to one side: We were careful not to take sides for fear of getting personally involved.
the far side, the farther or opposite side: the far side of the moon.
Origin of side1
First recorded before 900; Middle English noun sid(e), siede, Old English sīde; cognate with Dutch zijde, German Seite, Old Norse sītha
OTHER WORDS FROM sidesideless, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH sideside , sighed
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[ sahyd ]
/ saɪd /
adjective Scot. and North England.
(especially of a woman's dress or a man's beard) long and loose-flowing.
Origin of side2
First recorded before 900; Middle English sid(e) “long, stretched, broad,” Old English sīd “wide, broad, ample, extending lengthwise”; cognate with Old Norse sīthr “long, hanging down,” Low German sied “low”
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How to use side in a sentence
And he is a Chicago South Sider, which is also where I come from.Why Obama's Speech Moved Me|Rabbi Daniel Landes|March 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Novelist Julie Otsuka is an Upper West Sider, with a regular spot at her neighborhood café, the Hungarian Pastry Shop.Tragedy of the Picture Brides|Jane Ciabattari|September 16, 2011|DAILY BEAST
His speech was the elaborated and painfully emphasized English of the self-taught East Sider.The Escape of Mr. Trimm|Irvin S. Cobb
That, sider brandee taken inwardly in large quantitys iz good—for a rat hole.Josh Billings, Hiz Sayings|Henry Wheeler Shaw
The east-sider thinks his hang-outs and dives are the best, and the west-sider thinks the same of his.Tramping with Tramps|Josiah Flynt
She'll 'sider it a 'ticular favor ef de gemmen'll leff Mulock gwo.'
Wood calls Downing a sider with all times and changes; skilled in the common cant, and a preacher occasionally.
British Dictionary definitions for side
/ (saɪd) /
a line or surface that borders anything
- any line segment forming part of the perimeter of a plane geometric figure
- another name for face (def. 13)
either of two parts into which an object, surface, area, etc, can be divided, esp by a line, median, space, etcthe right side and the left side Related adjective: lateral
either of the two surfaces of a flat objectthe right and wrong side of the cloth
a surface or part of an object that extends verticallythe side of a cliff
either half of a human or animal body, esp the area around the waist, as divided by the median planeI have a pain in my side
the area immediately next to a person or thinghe stood at her side
a district, point, or direction within an area identified by reference to a central pointthe south side of the city
the area at the edge of a room, road, etc, as distinguished from the middle
aspect or partlook on the bright side; his cruel side
one of two or more contesting factions, teams, etc
a page in an essay, book, etc
a position, opinion, etc, held in opposition to another in a dispute
line of descenthe gets his brains from his mother's side
informal a television channel
billiards snooker spin imparted to a ball by striking it off-centre with the cueUS and Canadian equivalent: English
British slang insolence, arrogance, or pretentiousnessto put on side
on one side set apart from the rest, as provision for emergencies, etc, or to avoid muddling
on the heavy side tending to be too heavy
on the side
- apart from or in addition to the main object
- as a sideline
- US as a side dish
- bit on the side See bit 1 (def. 11)
side by side
- close together
- (foll by with) beside or near to
take sides to support one group, opinion, etc, as against another
being on one side; lateral
from or viewed as if from one side
directed towards one side
not main; subordinate or incidentalside door; side road
(intr usually foll by with) to support or associate oneself with a faction, interest, etc
(tr) to provide with siding or sides
(tr; often foll by away or up) Northern English dialect to tidy up or clear (dishes, a table, etc)
Word Origin for side
Old English sīde; related to sīd wide, Old Norse sītha side, Old High German sīta
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Other Idioms and Phrases with side
In addition to the idioms beginning with side
- side against
- side by side
- side of the tracks
- side street
- side with
- blind spot (side)
- bright side
- can't hit the broad side of a barn
- choose up (sides)
- get on someone's good side
- get up on the wrong side of bed
- in good with (on someone's good side)
- know which side of bread is buttered
- laugh out of the other side of one's mouth
- let someone (the side) down
- on someone's side
- on the safe side
- on the side
- on the side of the angels
- other side of the coin
- right side of the tracks
- right-side out
- right-side up
- seamy side
- split one's sides
- sunny-side up
- take aside (to one side)
- take sides
- this side of
- thorn in one's flesh (side)
- work both sides of the street
- wrong side of
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