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  1. besidepreposition

    Next to; at the side of.

    A small table beside the bed

  2. besidepreposition

    Not relevant to.

    That is beside the point

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Beside, Besidesadverb

    If Cassio do remain,
    He hath a daily beauty in his life,
    That makes me ugly; and, besides, the Moor
    May unfold me to him; there stand I in peril. Othello.

    Besides, you know not, while you here attend,
    Th’ unworthy fate of your unhappy friend. John Dryden, Æn.

    That man that doth not know those things, which are of necessity for him to know, is but an ignorant man, whatever he may know besides. John Tillotson, serm. i.

    Some wondered, that the Turk never attacks this treasury. But, besides, that he has attempted it formerly with no success, it is certain the Venetians keep too watchful an eye. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    And the men said unto Lot, hast thou here any besides? Genesis, xix. 12.

    Outlaws and robbers, who break with all the world besides, must keep faith among themselves. John Locke.

    All that we feel of it, begins and ends
    In the small circle of our foes or friends;
    To all beside as much an empty shade,
    An Eugene living, as a Cæsar dead. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man.

    And dead, as living, ’tis our author’s pride
    Still to charm those who charm the world beside. Alexander Pope.

  2. Beside, Besidesprep.

    Etymology: from be and side.

    Beside the hearse a fruitful palmtree grows,
    Ennobled since by this great funeral. Fairfax, b. iii. st. 72.

    He caused me to sit down beside him. Francis Bacon, N. Atlantis.

    At his right hand, Victory
    Sat eagle-wing’d: beside him hung his bow. Par. Lost, b. vi.

    Fair Lavinia fled the fire
    Before the gods, and stood beside her fire. John Dryden, Æneid.

    Fair is the kingcup that in meadow blows;
    Fair is the daisy that beside her grows. John Gay, Pastorals.

    Now under hanging mountains,
    Beside the falls of fountains,
    Unheard, unknown,
    He makes his moan. Alexander Pope, St. Cæcilia.

    Doubtless, in man there is a nature found,
    Beside the senses, and above them far. John Davies.

    In brutes, besides the exercise of sensitive perception and imagination, there are lodged instincts antecedent to their imaginative faculty. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    We may be sure there were great numbers of wise and learned men, beside those whose names are in the christian records, who took care to examine our Saviour’s history. Joseph Addison, on the Christian Religion.

    Precepts of morality, besides the natural corruption of our tempers, are abstracted from ideas of sense. Joseph Addison, Essay on the Georgicks.

    The Stoicks did hold a necessary connexion of causes; but they believed, that God doth act præter & contra naturam, besides and against nature. John Bramhall, against Hobbes.

    To say a thing is a chance, as it relates to second causes, signifies no more, than that there are some events beside the knowledge, purpose, expectation, and power of second causes. South.

    Providence often disposes of things by a method beside, and above the discoveries of man’s reason. South.

    It is beside my present business to enlarge upon this speculation. John Locke.

    You are too wilful blame,
    And, since your coming here, have done
    Enough to put him quite besides his patience. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    Of vagabonds we say,
    That they are ne’er beside their way. Hudibras, cant. i.

    These may serve as landmarks, to shew what lies in the direct way of truth, or is quite besides it. John Locke.

    They be carried besides themselves, to whom the dignity of publick prayer doth not discover somewhat more fitness in men of gravity, than in children. Richard Hooker, b. ii. § 31.

    Only be patient, till we have appeas’d
    The multitude, beside themselves with fear. William Shakespeare, J. Cæs.

    Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself: much learning doth make thee mad. Acts, xxvi. 24.


  1. beside

    Beside generally means next to or adjacent to something or someone. It can refer to physical proximity or location, indicating that something is near or alongside another thing or person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Besidenoun

    at the side of; on one side of

  2. Besidenoun

    aside from; out of the regular course or order of; in a state of deviation from; out of

  3. Besidenoun

    over and above; distinct from; in addition to

  4. Besideadverb

    on one side

  5. Besideadverb

    more than that; over and above; not included in the number, or in what has been mentioned; moreover; in addition

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Beside

    be-sīd′, prep. and adv. by the side of, near: over and above (in this sense, now usually Besides′), distinct from: apart from, not falling within, as of a question, resolution, &c.—Beside the mark, away from the mark aimed at, irrelevant.—To be beside one's self, to be out of one's senses. [M. E. bi siden—A.S. be si'dan, by the side (dat.).]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'beside' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1759

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'beside' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3541

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beside in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beside in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of beside in a Sentence

  1. Martha Karolyi:

    So they are pretty much neck-in-neck, the decision maker will probably be who functions better under pressure and who give something else to the team beside a bar routine.

  2. De Kalb resident Randy Barrett:

    We were in the field beside it feeding some cows and then we saw this plane flying real low and smoke was following behind it.

  3. Patrick Lynch:

    What they'll find is they know them already. They are your sons. They are your husbands, fathers and brothers. They are your neighbors. They walked these city streets beside you. They shared the same dreams and have the same worries you have. That's why they took the oath and pinned on a New York City police officer's shield — not because they were different, but because they could see themselves in you.

  4. Keyonna Moore:

    Not for social media and not just to get people to like her for doing something so good, but from the kindness of her heart. She’s a very good friend to Tyuan and she’s planning on sticking beside him.

  5. Barack Obama:

    Dan has been beside me on every step of this incredible journey, starting with those earliest days of the campaign in 2007, and through it all, he's been smart, steady, tireless and true to the values we started with.

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