side
Pronunciation
Noun

side (plural sides)

  1. A bounding straight edge of a two-dimensional shape.
    A square has four sides.
  2. A flat surface of a three-dimensional object; a face.
    A cube has six sides.
  3. One half (left or right, top or bottom, front or back, etc.) of something or someone.
    Which side of the tray shall I put it on?  The patient was bleeding on the right side.
  4. A region in a specified position with respect to something.
    Meet me on the north side of the monument.
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter II, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
      Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
  5. The portion of the human torso usually covered by the arms when they are not raised; the areas on the left and right between the belly or chest and the back.
    I generally sleep on my side.
    • 2006, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured (Jones & Bartlett Learning, ISBN 9780763744069, p. 234 ↗:
      Roll the patient onto the left side so that head, shoulders, and torso move at the same time without twisting.
  6. 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!
  7. One possible aspect of a concept, person or thing.
    Look on the bright side.
  8. One set of competitors in a game.
    Which side has kick-off?
  9. (UK, Australia, Ireland) A sports team.
    • 2011, Nick Cain, Greg Growden, Rugby Union For Dummies, UK Edition, 3rd Edition, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=kpwkyfn1BzIC&pg=PA220&lpg=PA220&dq=%22side%22|%22sides%22+sport+australia+-intitle:%22side|sides%22+-inauthor:%22%22&source=bl&ots=xjAfnZBnlj&sig=rGmkT-SVCOoYeVUmMJXbgBUr0Yk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4tBIUPmKFomfiQfJ94GgAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22side%22|%22sides%22%20sport%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22side|sides%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false p.220]:
      Initially, the English, Welsh, Scots and Irish unions refused to send national sides, preferring instead to send touring sides like the Barbarians, the Penguins, the Co-Optimists, the Wolfhounds, Crawshays Welsh, and the Public School Wanderers.
  10. 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.
    • 2019, [https://web.archive.org/web/20190311070055/https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/south-korea-proposes-rain-project-with-china-to-cut-pollution/4819207.html VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      “Creating artificial rain over the Yellow Sea would help the Chinese side too,” the spokesman said Kim told the meeting.
    • We have not always been of the […] same side in politics.
    • 1733-1738, Alexander Pope, Imitations of Horace:
      sets the passions on the side of truth
  11. (music) A recorded piece of music; a record, especially in jazz.
    • 1995, James Lincoln Collier, Jazz: The American Theme Song, p. 41
      But Bechet chafed under even the loose discipline of the Ellington group, and left. Through these years he wandered, making only a few sides, at the moment when jazz records were beginning to flood onto the market.
  12. (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) Sidespin; english
    He had to put a bit of side on to hit the pink ball.
  13. (British, Australia, Ireland, dated) A television channel, usually as opposed to the one currently being watched (from when there were only two channels).
    I just want to see what's on the other side — James said there was a good film on tonight.
  14. (US, colloquial) A dish that accompanies the main course; a side dish.
    Do you want a side of cole-slaw with that?
  15. A line of descent traced through one parent as distinguished from that traced through another.
    his mother's side of the family
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the Third”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗:
      To sit upon thy father David's throne, / By Mothers side thy father.
  16. (baseball) The batters faced in an inning by a particular pitcher
    Clayton Kershaw struck out the side in the 6th inning.
  17. (slang, dated) An unjustified air of self-importance.
  18. (drama) A written monologue or part of a scene to be read by an actor at an audition.
Synonyms
  • (bounding straight edge of an object) edge
  • (flat surface of an object) face
  • (left or right half) half
  • (surface of a sheet of paper) page
  • (region in a specified position with respect to something)
  • (one possible aspect of a concept)
  • (set of opponents in a game) team
  • (group having a particular allegiance in a war)
  • (television channel) channel, station (US)
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Seite
  • Russian: бок
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: lado
  • Russian: сторона́
  • Spanish: bando

Adjective

side

  1. Being on the left or right, or toward the left or right; lateral.
    • One mighty squadron with a side wind sped.
  2. Indirect; oblique; incidental.
    a side issue; a side view or remark
    • The law hath no side respect to their persons.

Verb

side (sides, present participle siding; past and past participle sided)

  1. (intransitive) To ally oneself, be in an alliance, usually with "with" or rarely "in with"
    Which will you side with, good or evil?
    • 1597, Francis Bacon, Essays – "Of Great Place":
      All rising to great place is by a winding star; and if there be factions, it is good to side a man's self, whilst he is in the rising, and to balance himself when he is placed.
    • RQ
    • 1958, Archer Fullingim, The Kountze [Texas] News, August 28, 1958:
      How does it feel... to... side in with those who voted against you in 1947?
  2. To lean on one side.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To be or stand at the side of; to be on the side toward.
    • His blind eye that sided Paridell.
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To suit; to pair; to match.
  5. (transitive, shipbuilding) To work (a timber or rib) to a certain thickness by trimming the sides.
  6. (transitive) To furnish with a siding.
    to side a house
  7. (transitive, cooking) To provide with, as a side or accompaniment.
    • 1995, Orange Coast Magazine (volume 11, number 8, page 166)
      Entrees are sided with a generous portion of vegetables, and some include little surprises […]
Synonyms
  • (ally oneself)
  • take side
Translations
  • Italian: schierarsi
  • Portuguese: tomar parte, aliar-se

Adjective

side

  1. (UK archaic, dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Wide; large; long, pendulous, hanging low, trailing; far-reaching.
    • c. 1556, Thomas Cranmer, A Confutation of Unwritten Verities, “That the general counsels withoute the worde of god are not sufficiente to make articles of fayth,”
      But when he perceaved that the sayd Pryest could not pourge himself of the foresayd crime he prively payed him his quarters wages before hande and suffered hym to departe without farther tryall of the sayd cryme: and now he jetteth in london wyth side gown and sarcenet typet as good a virgin priest as the best.
    • 1575, Robert Laneham, Robert Laneham’s Letter: Describing a Part of the Entertainment unto Queen Elizabeth at the Castle of Kenelworth in 1575, edited by F. J. Furnivall, London: Chatto & Windus, 1907, “The auncient Minstrell described,” p. 38,
      Hiz gooun had syde sleeuez dooun to midlegge, slit from the shooulder too the hand, & lined with white cotten.
    • 1595, George Peele, The Old Wives’ Tale, The Malone Society Reprints, 1908, lines 47-50,
      What doe we make dost thou aske? why we make faces for feare: such as if thy mortall eyes could behold, would make thee water the long seames of thy side slops […]
    • c. 1598, William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing, Act III, Scene 4,
      By my troth, ’s but a night-gown in respect of yours: cloth o’ gold, and cuts, and laced with silver, set with pearls, down sleeves, side sleeves, and skirts, round underborne with a bluish tinsel […]
  2. (Scotland) Far; distant.

Adverb

side

  1. (UK dialectal) Widely; wide; far.

Verb

side (sides, present participle siding; past and past participle sided)

  1. To clear, tidy or sort.

Side
Proper noun
  1. (geography, historical) An ancient city on a small peninsula on the Mediterranean coast of Anatolia, settled by Greeks from Cyme.
  2. (geography) Its ruins, located beside the village of Selimiye in Turkey's Antalya province.



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