- 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 8).
- 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.
- on the side, Informal.
- 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 (adjective) side, rather more than less; tending toward (the quality or condition specified): This cake is a little on the sweet side.
- side by 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.
- 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.
- 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
- USas 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)
n.Old English side “flanks of a person, the long part or aspect of anything,” from Proto-Germanic *sithon (cf. Old Saxon sida, Old Norse siða, Danish side, Swedish sida, Middle Dutch side, Dutch zidje, Old High German sita, German Seite), from adjective *sithas “long” (cf. Old English sid “long, broad, spacious,” Old Norse siðr “long, hanging down”), from PIE root *se- “long, late” (see soiree). Original sense preserved in countryside. Figurative sense of “position or attitude of a person or set of persons in relation to another” (cf. choosing sides) first recorded mid-13c. Meaning “one of the parties in a transaction” is from late 14c.; sense in a sporting contest or game is from 1690s. Meaning “music on one side of a phonograph record” is first attested 1936. Phrase side by side “close together and abreast” is recorded from c.1200. Side-splitting “affecting with compulsive laughter” is attested by 1825. v.late 15c., “to cut into sides” (of meat), from side (n.). Meaning “to support one of the parties in a discussion, dispute, etc.,” is first attested 1590s, from side (n.) in the figurative sense; earlier to hold sides (late 15c.). Related: Sided; siding. adj.late 14c., from side (n.). 1In addition to the main portion of something; also, in addition to one’s regular job. For example, He ordered some French fries on the side, or She often prepared tax returns on the side. [Second half of 1800s] 2See on someone’s side; on the side of the angels. In addition to the idioms beginning with side