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Princeton's WordNet

  1. besides, in any caseadverb

    making an additional point; anyway

    "I don't want to go to a restaurant; besides, we can't afford it"; "she couldn't shelter behind him all the time and in any case he wasn't always with her"

  2. besides, too, also, likewise, as welladverb

    in addition

    "he has a Mercedes, too"


  1. besidesadverb

    also; in addition

  2. besidesadverb

    moreover; furthermore

  3. besidesadverb

    otherwise; else

  4. besidespreposition


  5. besidespreposition

    in addition, in addition to

  6. besidespreposition

    other than; except for; instead of

    I don't want to go anywhere besides India.

  7. Etymology: See -s#Etymology 3

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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Besidesadverb

    alt. of Beside

  2. Besides

    over and above; separate or distinct from; in addition to; other than; else than. See Beside, prep., 3, and Syn. under Beside


  1. Besides

    Besides is the final release from 90's alternative rock band Sugar. As the title suggests, it collected the various B-sides from their previously released singles. The album also contained live and remixed versions of existing tracks from the band's two full albums and one EP, as well as several studio and live versions of tracks that had been unavailable on any of their previous albums. The CD also included a QuickTime video for the single "Gee Angel", although this was not advertised on the CD packaging.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Besides

    be-sīdz′, prep. and adv. in addition, otherwise, aside: over and above, in addition to, away from. [Beside, with the s of the adv. gen.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'besides' in Adverbs Frequency: #311

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of besides in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of besides in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of besides in a Sentence

  1. June Jordan:

    Lately... Americans have begun to understand that trouble does not start somewhere on the other side of town. It seems to originate inside the absolute middle of the homemade cherry pie. In our history, the state has failed to respond to the weak. You could be white, male, Presbyterian and heterosexual besides, but if you get fired or if you get sick tomorrow, you might as well be Black, for all the state will want to hear from you.

  2. Louie Gohmert:

    We have heard from a lot of Republicans that said, ‘I would vote for somebody besides speaker Boehner.’ But nobody willput their name out there, that changed yesterday with TedYoho.

  3. Samantha Evans:

    If I run, my feet start cramping. Besides that, nothing. I walk normally now.

  4. Chris Messina:

    The future of digital identity should not be determined by one company( namely, Facebook), i still believe that competition in this space is better for consumers, for startups, and for the industry. And Google still remains one of the few companies( besides Apple, perhaps) that stands a chance to take on Facebook in this arena -- but Google +, as I see it, has lost its way.

  5. Sean Connery:

    Drama is conveyed with emotion, and it's best to spend time looking for that emotion -- which is international -- instead, besides, I think there is a certain musicality each person has in their own tongue.

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  • إلا, باستثناء, علاوة على ذلكArabic
  • в допълнение, също, освен, освен товаBulgarian
  • a més a més, d'altra banda, a mésCatalan, Valencian
  • kroměCzech
  • außer, außerdem, darüber hinaus, weiterhinGerman
  • εξάλλου, συν τοις άλλοις, επιπροσθέτως, επιπλέον, εκτός, πλην, άλλωστεGreek
  • cetere, aldone, plue, krome, aldone al, kromEsperanto
  • además, si no, excepto, de lo contrario, aparte, aparte de, salvoSpanish
  • جز, بجزPersian
  • muu kuin, sitä paitsi, paitsi, lisäksi, muutenFinnish
  • excepté, du reste, d'autre part, sauf, par ailleurs, par surcroît, d'un autre côté, de plus, de surcroît, au reste, sinon, en outre, en plusFrench
  • njonkenWestern Frisian
  • a thuilleadh air, a bharrachd airScottish Gaelic
  • dayèHaitian Creole
  • ezenfelül, ezenkívülHungarian
  • selainIndonesian
  • oltre a, ad eccezione di, inoltreItalian
  • חוץ מזהHebrew
  • なお, 以外, に加えて, さらに, ほかに, 除いて, それに, その上にJapanese
  • hāungaMāori
  • behalve, naastDutch
  • oprócz, poza, poza tymPolish
  • [[fora]] [[isso]], ademais, além de, além disso, a não ser, excetoPortuguese
  • помимо, сверх того, кроме того, исключая, к тому же, кроме, за исключением, более тогоRussian
  • okremSlovak
  • rázen, pólegSlovene

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    a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid
    • A. abandon
    • B. elation
    • C. leaven
    • D. serendipity

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