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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sidenoun

    a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location

    "they always sat on the right side of the church"; "he never left my side"

  2. sidenoun

    one of two or more contesting groups

    "the Confederate side was prepared to attack"

  3. sidenoun

    either the left or right half of a body

    "he had a pain in his side"

  4. side, facenoun

    a surface forming part of the outside of an object

    "he examined all sides of the crystal"; "dew dripped from the face of the leaf"

  5. sidenoun

    an extended outer surface of an object

    "he turned the box over to examine the bottom side"; "they painted all four sides of the house"

  6. sidenoun

    an aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect)

    "he was on the heavy side"; "he is on the purchasing side of the business"; "it brought out his better side"

  7. sidenoun

    a line segment forming part of the perimeter of a plane figure

    "the hypotenuse of a right triangle is always the longest side"

  8. sidenoun

    a family line of descent

    "he gets his brains from his father's side"

  9. side, side of meatnoun

    a lengthwise dressed half of an animal's carcass used for food

  10. side, positionnoun

    an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute

    "there are two sides to every question"

  11. slope, incline, sidenoun

    an elevated geological formation

    "he climbed the steep slope"; "the house was built on the side of a mountain"

  12. English, sideadjective

    (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist

  13. side(a)verb

    located on a side

    "side fences"; "the side porch"

  14. sideverb

    take sides for or against

    "Who are you widing with?"; "I"m siding against the current candidate"


  1. sidenoun

    A bounding straight edge of a two-dimensional shape.

    A square has four sides.

  2. sidenoun

    A flat surface of a three-dimensional object; a face.

    A cube has six sides.

  3. sidenoun

    One half (left or right, top or bottom, front or back, etc.) of something or someone.

  4. sidenoun

    A region in a specified position with respect to something.

    Meet me on the north side of the monument.

  5. sidenoun

    One surface of a sheet of paper (used instead of "page", which can mean one or both surfaces.)

    John wrote 15 sides for his essay!

  6. sidenoun

    One possible aspect of a concept.

    Look on the bright side.

  7. sidenoun

    One set of competitors in a game.

    Which side has kick-off?

  8. sidenoun

    A sports team.

  9. sidenoun

    A group having a particular allegiance in a conflict or competition.

    In the second world war, the Italians were on the side of the Germans.

  10. sideverb

    To ally oneself, be in an alliance, usually with "with" or rarely "in with"

  11. sidenoun

    Sidespin; english

    He had to put a bit of side on to hit the pink ball

  12. sidenoun

    A television channel, usually as opposed to the one currently being watched .

    I just want to see what's on the other side uE00097415uE001 James said there was a good film on tonight.

  13. sidenoun

    A dish that accompanies the main course; a side dish.

    Do you want a side of cole-slaw with that?

  14. Etymology: sīdōn, whence also sita

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sideadjective

    Lateral; oblique; not direct; being on either side.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    They presume that the law doth speak with all indifferency, that the law hath no side respect to their persons. Richard Hooker.

    Take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts, and on the upper door post of the houses. Ex. xii. 7.

    People are sooner reclaimed by the side wind of a surprize, than by downright admonition. Roger L'Estrange.

    One mighty squadron with a side wind sped. Dryden.

    The parts of water, being easily separable from each other, will, by a side motion, be easily removed, and give way to the approach of two pieces of marble. John Locke.

    What natural agent could turn them aside, could impel them so strongly with a transverse side blow against that tremendous weight and rapidity, when whole worlds are a falling. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    He not only gives us the full prospects, but several unexpected peculiarities, and side views, unobserved by any painter but . Alexander Pope, Iliad. Preface to the.

    My secret enemies could not forbear some expressions, which by a side wind reflected on me. Jonathan Swift.

  2. SIDEnoun

    Etymology: side , Saxon; sijde, Dutch.

    When two boars with rankling malice meet,
    Their gory sides fresh bleeding fiercely fret. Fairy Queen.

    The clamour much,
    Ere the soft fearful people to the flood
    Commit their woolly sides. James Thomson.

    The tables were written on both their sides, on the one side and on the other. Ex. xxxii. 15.

    The force of these outward streams might well enough serve for the turning of the screw, if it were so that both its sides would equiponderate. John Wilkins.

    Or where Hydaspes’ wealthy side
    Pays tribute to the Persian pride. Wentworth Dillon.

    Poor wretch! on stormy seas to lose thy life;
    For now the flowing tide
    Had brought the body nearer to the side. Dryden.

    The temple of Diana chaste,
    A sylvan scene, with various greens was drawn,
    Shades on the sides, and in the midst a lawn. Dryden.

    I could see persons dressed in glorious habits, with garlands upon their heads, lying down by the sides of fountains. Addis.

    They looking back, all the eastern side beheld
    Of Paradise. John Milton.

    If our substance be indeed divine,
    And cannot cease to be, we are at worst
    On this side nothing. John Milton.

    To take the widow,
    Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril;
    And hardly shall I carry out my side,
    Her husband being alive. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Their weapons only
    Seem’d on our side; but for their spirits and souls,
    This word rebellion, it had froze them up,
    As fish are in a pond. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Favour, custom, and at last number, will be on the side of grace. Thomas Sprat.

    Men he always took to be
    His friends, and dogs his enemy;
    Who never so much hurt had done him,
    As his own side did falling on him. Hudibras.

    In the serious part of poetry the advantage is wholly on Geoffrey Chaucer ’s side. Dryden.

    That person, who fills their chair, has justly gained the esteem of all sides by the impartiality of his behaviour. Addis.

    Let not our James, though foil’d in arms, despair,
    Whilst on his side he reckons half the fair. Thomas Tickell.

    Some valuing those of their own side, or mind,
    Still make themselves the measure of mankind:
    Fondly we think we honour merit then,
    When we but praise ourselves in other men. Alexander Pope.

    He from the taste obscene reclaims our youth,
    And sets the passions on the side of truth;
    Forms the soft bosom with the gentlest art,
    And pours each human virtue in the heart. Alexander Pope.

    There began a sharp and cruel fight, many being slain and wounded on both sides. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    The plague is not easily received by such as continually are about them that have it: on the other side, the plague taketh soonest hold of those that come out of a fresh air. Francis Bacon.

    I am too well satisfied of my own weakness to be pleased with any thing I have written; but, on the other side, my reason tells me, that what I have long considered may be as just as what an ordinary judge will condemn. Dryden.

    My secret wishes would my choice decide;
    But open justice bends to neither side. Dryden.

    It is granted on both sides, that the fear of a Deity doth universally possess the minds of men. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Two nations still pursu’d
    Peculiar ends, on each side resolute
    To fly conjunction. Philips.

  3. To Sideverb

    To take a party; to engage in a faction.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Vex’d are the nobles who have sided
    In his behalf. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    All rising to great place is by a winding stair; and if there be factions, it is good to side a man’s self whilst rising, and balance himself when placed. Francis Bacon.

    As soon as discontents drove men into sidings, as ill humours fall to the disaffected part, which causes inflammations, so did all who affected novelties adhere to that side. Charles I .

    Terms rightly conceived, and notions duly fitted to them, require a brain free from all inclination to siding, or affection to opinions for the authors sakes, before they be well understood. Kenelm Digby, on Bodies.

    Not yet so dully desperate
    To side against ourselves with fate;
    As criminals, condemn’d to suffer,
    Are blinded first, and then turn’d over. Hudibras.

    The princes differ and divide;
    Some follow law, and some with beauty side. George Granville.

    It is pleasant to see a verse of an old poet revolting from its original sense, and siding with a modern subject. Addison.

    All side in parties, and begin th’ attack. Alexander Pope.

    Those who pretended to be in with the principles upon which her majesty proceeded, either absented themselves where the whole cause depended, or sided with the enemy. Jonathan Swift.

    The equitable part of those who now side against the court, will probably be more temperate. Jonathan Swift.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sidenoun

    the margin, edge, verge, or border of a surface; especially (when the thing spoken of is somewhat oblong in shape), one of the longer edges as distinguished from the shorter edges, called ends; a bounding line of a geometrical figure; as, the side of a field, of a square or triangle, of a river, of a road, etc

  2. Sidenoun

    any outer portion of a thing considered apart from, and yet in relation to, the rest; as, the upper side of a sphere; also, any part or position viewed as opposite to or contrasted with another; as, this or that side

  3. Sidenoun

    one of the halves of the body, of an animals or man, on either side of the mesial plane; or that which pertains to such a half; as, a side of beef; a side of sole leather

  4. Sidenoun

    the right or left part of the wall or trunk of the body; as, a pain in the side

  5. Sidenoun

    a slope or declivity, as of a hill, considered as opposed to another slope over the ridge

  6. Sidenoun

    the position of a person or party regarded as opposed to another person or party, whether as a rival or a foe; a body of advocates or partisans; a party; hence, the interest or cause which one maintains against another; a doctrine or view opposed to another

  7. Sidenoun

    a line of descent traced through one parent as distinguished from that traced through another

  8. Sidenoun

    fig.: Aspect or part regarded as contrasted with some other; as, the bright side of poverty

  9. Sideadjective

    of or pertaining to a side, or the sides; being on the side, or toward the side; lateral

  10. Sideadjective

    hence, indirect; oblique; collateral; incidental; as, a side issue; a side view or remark

  11. Sidenoun

    long; large; extensive

  12. Sideverb

    to lean on one side

  13. Sideverb

    to embrace the opinions of one party, or engage in its interest, in opposition to another party; to take sides; as, to side with the ministerial party

  14. Sideverb

    to be or stand at the side of; to be on the side toward

  15. Sideverb

    to suit; to pair; to match

  16. Sideverb

    to work (a timber or rib) to a certain thickness by trimming the sides

  17. Sideverb

    to furnish with a siding; as, to side a house

  18. Etymology: [AS. sde; akin to D. zijde, G. seite, OHG. sta, Icel. sa, Dan. side, Sw. sida; cf. AS. sd large, spacious, Icel. sr long, hanging.]


  1. Side

    Side in the province of Antalya. It is located on the eastern part of the Pamphylian coast, which lies about 20 km east of the mouth of the Eurymedon River. Today, as in antiquity, the ancient city is situated on a small north-south peninsula about 1 km long and 400 m across.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Side

    sīd, n. the edge or border of anything: the surface of a solid: a part of a thing as seen by the eye: region, part: the part of an animal between the hip and shoulder: any party, interest, or opinion opposed to another: faction: line of descent: at billiards, a certain bias or kind of spinning motion given to a ball by striking it sidewise: (slang) a pretentious and supercilious manner, swagger.—adj. being on or toward the side: lateral: indirect.—v.i. to embrace the opinion or cause of one party against another.—v.t. (Spens.) to be on the same side with, to support: to cut into sides: to push aside, to set aside.—n.pl. Side′arms, arms or weapons worn on the side, as a sword or bayonet.—ns. Side′-beam, either of the working-beams of a marine engine, placed below the crank-shaft, on each side of the cylinder, instead of a central beam above the crank-shaft; Side′board, a piece of furniture on one side of a dining-room for holding dishes, &c.: (pl.) side-whiskers, stiff standing collars (slang).—n.pl. Side′-bones, enlargements situated above the quarters of a horse's feet, resulting from the conversion into bone of the elastic lateral cartilages.—ns. Side′box, a box or seat at the side of a theatre; Side′-chap′el, a chapel in an aisle or at the side of a church; Side′-comb, a small comb used to keep a lock of hair in place at the side of a woman's head; Side′-cous′in, a distant relative; Side′-cut, a cut from the side, an indirect attack; Side′-cut′ting, an excavation of earth along the side of a railway or canal to obtain material for an embankment.—adj. Sid′ed, having a side: flattened on one or more sides.—ns. Side′-dish, any supplementary dish at a dinner, &c., specially flavoured; Side′-drum, a small double-headed drum in military bands; Side′-glance, a glance to one side; Side′-is′sue, a subordinate issue aside from the main business; Side′light, light coming from the side, any incidental illustration: a window, as opposed to a sky-light, a window above or at the side of a door: one of the red or green lights carried on the side of a vessel under way at night; Side′-line, a line attached to the side of anything: any additional or extra line of goods sold by a commercial traveller: (pl.) the ropes binding the fore and hind feet on the same side of a horse.—adj. Side′ling, inclining to a side, sloping.—adv. sidewise, aslant.—n. Side′lock, a separate lock of hair worn at the side of the head.—adj. Side′long, oblique: not straight.—adv. in the direction of the side: obliquely.—n. the slope of a hill.—ns. Side′-note, a marginal note on a page, as opposed to a foot-note; Side′-part′ner (U.S.), one who shares a duty or employment with another alongside or alternately; Sid′er, a partisan: one living in any particular quarter of a city; Side′-rod, a coupling-rod of a locomotive: either of the rods of a side-beam engine connecting the cross-head on the piston-rod with the working-beam: either of the rods of a side-beam engine connecting the working-beams with the cross-head of the air-pump; Side′sadd′le, a saddle for women sitting, not astride, but with both feet on one side; Side′saddle-flower, a name sometimes given to a plant of the genus Sarracenia; Side′-screw, a screw on the front edge of a carpenter's bench to hold the work fast: one of the screws fastening the lockplate of a gun to the stock; Side′-scrip′tion (Scots law), an old method of authenticating deeds written on several sheets of paper pasted together, by signing the name across each junction; Side′-seat, a seat in a vehicle with the back against its side; Side′-show, an exhibition subordinate to a larger one; Side′-sleeve (Shak.), a loose hanging sleeve; Side′-slip, an oblique offshoot: a bastard; Sides′man, a deputy churchwarden: (Milt.) a partisan.—adj. Side′-split′ting, affecting the sides convulsively, as in boisterous laughter.—ns. Side′-stroke, a stroke given sideways; Side′-tā′ble, a table placed usually against the wall; Side′-view, a view on or from one side; Side′-walk, a foot-walk beside a street or road.—advs. Side′ways, Side′wise, toward or on one side.—adj. Side′-wheel, having side or paddle wheels.—ns. Side′-wind, a wind blowing laterally: any indirect influence or means; Sīd′ing, a short line of rails on which wagons are shunted from the main-line.—v.i. Sī′dle, to go or move side-foremost.—v.t. to cause to move sideways.—Side by side, placed with sides near each other.—Choose sides, to pick out opposing parties to contend with each other; Right, or Wrong, side, the side of anything (cloth, leather, &c.) intended to be turned outward or inward respectively; Take a side, to join one party in opposition to another; Take sides, to range one's self with one or other of contending parties; To one side, having a lateral inclination: out of sight. [A.S. síde; Ger. seite, Dut. zijde.]

  2. Side

    sīd, adj. (Scot.) wide, large: far. [A.S. síd, spacious.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. side

    All that part of a ship which extends from stem to stern in length, and from the upper edge of the gunwale above, to the lower edge of the main-wale, below which the bottom commences.

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  1. Side

    the lateral margin of the body.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'side' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #273

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'side' in Written Corpus Frequency: #281

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'side' in Nouns Frequency: #40

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of side in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of side in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of side in a Sentence

  1. Jason Kyrwood:

    On the investment grade side, people had been waiting for the floodgates to open for a while, and fairly clearly they have now opened.

  2. Susan LaTourette:

    I think Washington corrupts people, he was a wonderful husband and father. The best I ever saw, until he went there. I told him I was trying to get him out of the dark side — all that power and greed and people kissing up to them all the time. Now he’s one of them. All they care about is getting reelected. I hate them all.

  3. Euripides:

    Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.

  4. Catholic University of America:

    All of the dresses have certain verifiable characteristics, including, for example, a' secret pocket' on the right side of the pinafore skirt for Dorothy's handkerchief,' Judy Garland' written by hand in a script specific to a single person who labeled all of the extant dresses in the same hand. Apparently, the thin material of the blouse was prone to tearing when Judy Garland as Dorothy took it off after filming, and a seamstress often repaired it before Judy Garland as Dorothy donned it for the next shoot.

  5. Foreign Ministry:

    China is extremely dissatisfied and resolutely opposed to this, and has already made serious representations with the U.S. side, we urge the U.S. side to properly view China's efforts to fight illegal immigration and stop making wrong statements.

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    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
    • A. huff
    • B. descant
    • C. excogitate
    • D. abet

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