a. A line bounding a plane figure.
b. A surface bounding a solid figure.
a. A surface of an object, especially a surface joining a top and bottom: the four sides of a box.
b. A surface of an object that lies on the left or right of that object as viewed from the front or back: From the shore, I watched my friends dive off the side of the boat.
c. Either of the two surfaces of a thin, flat object: the front side of a piece of paper.
a. The part within an object or area to the left or right of the observer or of its vertical axis.
b. The left or right half of the trunk of a human or animal body: always sleeps on his side; a side of beef.
a. The space immediately next to someone: stood at her father's side.
b. The space immediately next to something. Often used in combination: courtside; dockside.
- One of two or more contrasted parts or places within an area, identified by its location with respect to a center: the north side of the park.
- An area separated from another area by an intervening feature, such as a line or barrier: on this side of the Atlantic; the district on the other side of the railroad tracks.
a. One of two or more opposing individuals, groups, teams, or sets of opinions.
b. One of the positions maintained in a dispute or debate.
- A distinct aspect: the shy side of his personality.
- Line of descent: my aunt on my mother's side.
a. An incomplete script that shows the lines and cues of a single performer only.
b. An incomplete script that shows only what is to be filmed on a specific day or shoot.
- Chiefly British In billiards, the spin given to a propelled ball by striking it off center.
- Located on a side: a side door.
- From or to one side; oblique: a side view.
- Minor; incidental: a side interest.
- In addition to the main part; supplementary: a side benefit.
verbsid·ed, sid·ing, sides
- To provide sides or siding for: side a frame house with aluminum.
- To be positioned next to: a couch that is sided by low tables.
To align oneself in a disagreement: sided with the conservatives in Congress; siding against the bill. Phrasal Verbs: side out Sports
In volleyball, to gain the right to serve by winning a volley served by the opposing team.
Origin of side
Middle English from
Old English sīde
(comparative more side, superlative most side)
- Being on the side, or toward the side; lateral.
- Indirect; oblique; incidental.
- a side issue; a side view or remark
- (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Wide; large; long, pendulous, hanging low, trailing; far-reaching.
- (Scotland) Far; distant.
From Middle English side, syde, syd, from Old English sÄ«d (“wide, broad, spacious, ample, extensive, vast, far-reaching"), from Proto-Germanic *sÄ«daz (“drooping, hanging, low, excessive, extra"), from Proto-Indo-European *sÄ“y- (“to send, throw, drop, sow, deposit"). Cognate with Low German sied (“low"), Swedish sid (“long, hanging down"), Icelandic sÃÃ°ur (“low hanging, long").
(comparative more side, superlative most side)
- (UK dialectal) Widely; wide; far.
From Middle English side, syde, from Old English sÄ«de (“widely, extensively, amply"). See above.
- A bounding straight edge of a two-dimensional shape.
- A square has four sides.
- A flat surface of a three-dimensional object; a face.
- A cube has six sides.
- 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.
- A region in a specified position with respect to something.
- Meet me on the north side of the monument.
- 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!
- One possible aspect of a concept, person or thing.
- Look on the bright side.
- One set of competitors in a game.
- Which side has kick-off?
- (UK, Australia, Ireland) A sports team.
- 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.
- (sports, billiards, snooker, pool) Sidespin; english
- He had to put a bit of side on to hit the pink ball.
- (UK, 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.
- (US, colloquial) A dish that accompanies the main course; a side dish.
- Do you want a side of cole-slaw with that?
- A line of descent traced through one parent as distinguished from that traced through another.
(third-person singular simple present sides, present participle siding, simple past and past participle sided)
- (intransitive) To ally oneself, be in an alliance, usually with "with" or rarely "in with"
- Which will you side with, good or evil?
- To lean on one side.
- (shipbuilding) To work (a timber or rib) to a certain thickness by trimming the sides.
- To furnish with a siding.
- to side a house
From Middle English side, from Old English sÄ«de (“side, flank"), from Proto-Germanic *sÄ«dÇ (“side, flank, edge, shore"), from Proto-Indo-European *sÄ“y- (“to send, throw, drop, sow, deposit"). Cognate with Dutch zijde, zij (“side"), German Seite (“side"), Danish side (“side"), Swedish sida (“side").
- Beside; next to; adjacent to.