- 1A position to the left or right of an object, place, or central point: a town on the other side of the river on either side of the entrance was a garden Rachel tilted her head to one sideMore example sentences
- The policemen had taken up battle positions on the other side of the gate.
- The man then sat down across the table from him and folded his arms on the desk as the guards took up positions at the sides of the door.
- Your arms should be directly in front of your body or slightly out to the sides in the start position.
- 1.1Either of the two halves of an object, surface, or place regarded as divided by an imaginary central line: she lay on her side of the bed the left side of the brainMore example sentences
half, part; lane
- This is an opening in the central wall of the heart that divides the right side from the left.
- Cut off the arms and neck hole and divide the two sides in two to make four dusters: dampen them slightly and they work a treat without the use of polish.
- The heart is a muscular pump divided into two sides.
- 1.2The right or the left part of a person’s or animal’s body, especially of the human torso: he has been paralyzed on his right side since birthMore example sentences
- The first man received nine stab wounds to his chest and the left-hand side of his body.
- Nurses turned my body slowly on its side, so I could sleep and get feeling back in my legs.
- They keep me even on both sides of my body, and I can stand up without falling backwards or tipping too far forwards.
- 1.3 [in singular] A place or position closely adjacent to someone: his wife stood at his sideMore example sentences
- They come in all shapes and sizes, they stand alert by one's side when not required and they have to be carried on escalators.
- I turned to see one of my neighbors had came to my side.
- At my side was another sick kid, a little boy who was sort of the poster child for the hospital.
- 1.4Either of the lateral halves of the body of a butchered animal, or an animal or fish prepared for eating: a side of beefMore example sentences
- Preserved pork, including sides salted to make bacon, held a place of primary importance in the British diet in past centuries.
- Mounds of oysters, long sides of smoked salmon and busy chefs cooking right in front of you are assurance enough of simple stuff done well.
- Murdoch arrived just a little bit later driving a wagon laden with sides of beef and pork for the barbecue.
- 2An upright or sloping surface of a structure or object that is not the top or bottom and generally not the front or back: a car crashed into the side of the house line the sides of the cake pan [as modifier]: a side entranceMore example sentences
- There is a side entrance from the front of the house into the kitchen pantry area.
- Turn it over and look at the top, front, back, sides and bottom.
- The house has a side entrance, large garden to the rear and off street parking.
- 2.1Each of the flat surfaces of a solid object.More example sentences
- Cuboid cores are prepared blocky-like cubes of chert, with blades often produced on six sides.
- The album cover can only have been designed, and approved, by someone who owns dice with more than six sides.
- However, some have pointed out that many crystals have six sides rather than four.
- 2.2Either of the two surfaces of something flat and thin, such as paper or cloth.
- 2.3The amount of writing needed to fill one side of a sheet of paper: she told us not to write more than three sidesMore example sentences
- Neither is much longer than two sides of a single sheet of paper.
- The wine list is two sides of an A4 sheet with no room for showing off, and seems very intelligently chosen.
- As a result, a typical Saturday ‘would result in thirty sides of notes handwritten on A4 paper’.
- 2.4Either of the two faces of a record or of the two separate tracks on a length of recording tape.More example sentences
- You requested three or four numbers, so I have filled up one side of a cassette tape.
- There are six tracks split over two sides of vinyl, featuring daytime recording on one side and night-time workouts on the flip.
- Reliably, however, she woke up each time it was time to change sides on the tape.
- 3A part or region near the edge and away from the middle of something: a minivan was parked at the side of the road cabins on the south side of the clearingMore example sentences
- The Evening Press reported how a van driver had come across the woman slumped in an armchair at the side of the road near shops.
- She looked up at her surroundings, surprised to note that she was near the side of a road.
- The two cars, a Volvo and a Metro, had been parked safely at the side of the road outside his home in Foxwood Lane, York.
- 3.1 [as modifier] Subsidiary to or less important than something: a side dish of fresh vegetablesMore example sentences
- You don't really need these side dishes, though, especially if you get an appetizer.
- The side dish had enough to feed two, let alone garnish a single plate.
- I found the large salad a bit small for a meal, but it's the perfect size for two to share as a side dish.
- 3.2chiefly North American A dish served as subsidiary to the main one: sides of German potato salad and red cabbageMore example sentences
- This would make a great side with fish for instance, or can be served as a main dish.
- The potatoes and shallots were excellent sides, sweet and soft and flavorful.
- 3.3Each of the lines forming the boundary of a plane rectilinear figure: the farm buildings formed three sides of a squareMore example sentences
- How much more sacred than our triangle would be a square, a pentagon, a decagon, a figure with a hundred sides?
- The cathedral stands on one side of a historic square with government buildings lining the other sides.
- He gives the example of the exercise of trying to draw a seven-sided figure with equal sides, using only a ruler and compass.
- 4A person or group opposing another or others in a dispute, contest, or debate: the two sides agreed to resume border trade whose side are you on?More example sentences
- There was concern that the opposing sides in the funeral dispute might travel to the hospital for the remains.
- There is virtually no common ground between the two opposing sides in the debate over the Constitutional Reform Bill.
- In this debate the opposing sides rarely address the other's best arguments.
- 4.1chiefly British A sports team.More example sentences
- Previous England rugby sides, and England teams in many other sports, would have crumbled under the weight of such errors.
- Overall it was a battling team performance from both sides with the man of the match award going to Liam Chipman.
- They'll face better sides than this Monaco team, but you can only beat what's put in front of you.
- 4.2The position, interests, or attitude of one person or group, especially when regarded as being in opposition to another or others: Mrs. Burt hasn’t kept her side of the bargain the conservationists are on the city’s side of the caseMore example sentences
- The public deserve to hear both sides of the argument because this is the single most important decision to face this country.
- She is a much needed conservative voice in an often liberal media, and will fight to have both sides of every argument heard.
- On Monday a planning inspector heard both sides of the argument before visiting the site.
- 4.3A particular aspect of something, especially a situation or a person’s character: her ability to put up with his disagreeable sideMore example sentences
- The negative side of this aspect is that self-indulgence may cause physical problems.
- According to the young bride, her wedding was the bringing together of the emotional and business sides of her character.
- His delivery and facial expressions expose the many sides of his character and even hint at his own hypocrisy.
- 4.4A person’s kinship or line of descent as traced through either their father or mother: Richard was of French descent on his mother’s sideMore example sentences
- All my ancestors on both my father's and mother's sides were employed in the mining and steel industries.
- I come from a family which is steeped in the law, on both my mother's and father's sides.
- A mechanic's son, he is descended on his mother's side from a line of griots.
- 5 (also sidespin) Horizontal spinning motion given to a ball.More example sentences
- The ancillary action of the cue ball, when using side spin to compensate for throw, is an entirely different subject that can not be covered here.
- As in the console versions, you're also able to add top and side spin to the ball while it's airborne, which may seem a little unrealistic, but it makes the game more enjoyable.
- But the value of side spin is only apparent when rail shots come into play.
- 5.1 Billiards another term for English ( sense 3 of the noun).
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- 1 [no object] (side with/against) Support or oppose in a conflict, dispute, or debate: he felt that Max had betrayed him by siding with BeatriceMore example sentences
- If New Labour prefers to side with big business, maybe it's time for a genuine socialist alternative?
- I believe she made this statement in an attempt to encourage me to side with her.
- An arbitrator was called in to settle the dispute and sided with the Flyers.
- 2 [with object] Provide with a side or sides; form the side of: the hills that side a long valleyMore example sentences
- We left the farmlands now, and the road was sided by hills and long grass waves glittering in the wind.
by (or at) someone's side
- Close to someone, especially so as to give them comfort or moral support: a stepson who stayed by your side when your own son deserted youMore example sentences
- I long to be by your side to comfort you in your time of pain.
- And all she could do was sit and feel quite helpless, wishing she was at Anna's side to comfort her and hold her hand.
- My guide was brilliant, he stayed by my side and kept me going all the time.
by the side of
- Close to: a house by the side of the roadMore example sentences
- Nigel lives in Majorca and showed me a photo of his house, by the side of a mountain, overlooking the sea.
- The other night we saw a poor, abandoned, unwanted, unloved creature by the side of the road.
- Rubbish is often dumped by the side of country lanes where the offenders can empty out their cars or vans without being seen.
from side to side
- 1Alternately left and right from a central point: I shook my head frantically from side to sideMore example sentences
- You can complete all reps for one side before going to the other or alternate from side to side.
- On the odd occasion I managed to look down, I could see the float out of the water rushing frantically from side to side.
- Her eyes dart frantically from side to side and she shoots me a petrified stare.
- 2Across the entire width; right across: the fleet stretched four miles from side to sideMore example sentences
- The ball had been switched from side to side before finally Stark was given the scoring pass wide on the right.
- Both sets of defences were on high alert as play swung from side to side.
- With only five of us in the basket there was plenty of space to go from side to side.
have something on one's side (or something is on one's side)
- Something is operating to one’s advantage: now that he had time on his side, Tom relaxed a littleMore example sentences
- He argues that the administering of swift punishment for an offence not only makes the criminal think twice, but reassures law-abiding members of society that the justice system is on their side.
- If you choose not to work over that limit, the law is on your side and makes clear that you must not be discriminated against in any way.
- They're 100 percent convinced that justice is on their side.
on (or to) one side
- Out of one’s way; aside.More example sentences
- Throughout the long march which followed, she had remained to one side, parallel but alone.
- As soon as it comes to the boil, remove it from the heat and put it to one side.
- When you're ready to make the sauce, remove the onion, bay leaf and peppercorns and keep them on one side.
- To be dealt with or considered later, especially because tending to distract one from something more important: before the kickoff a player has to set his disappointments and frustrations to one sideMore example sentences
- Leaving the architectural taste of other colleges to one side, the front quad is one of the great Oxford vistas.
- If we can put sentimental interests to one side then all can benefit.
- I've now pushed all my doubts to one side and have made the leap.
on the —— side
- Tending toward being ——; rather —— (used to qualify an adjective): these shoes are a bit on the tight sideMore example sentences
- I got only a few steps along the lane for my walk today before realizing it was a bit on the cold side for me.
- In fact the whole place was a bit on the quiet side, but maybe I arrived a bit early in the day.
- Now they just give him three months every three months, just to be on the safe side.
on the side
- 1In addition to one’s regular job or as a subsidiary source of income: no one lived in the property, but the caretaker made a little on the side by renting rooms outMore example sentences
- They are renting those rooms out to boarders and making quite a tidy income on the side.
- Was the chief earning a little extra income on the side to make ends meet?
- Traditional puppeteers supplement their income by selling craft on the side.
- 2Secretly, especially with regard to a relationship in addition to one’s legal or regular partner: Brian had a mistress on the sideMore example sentences
- Being parents and having a secret lifestyle on the side was hard for both of them.
- I have seen a number of women on the side and always justified it by my wife's lack of interest.
- This girl has spent her life reading books and being a scholar, while I read on the side.
- 3North American Served separately from the main dish: a club sandwich with french fries on the sideMore example sentences
- To make the sauce, simply mix the mayonnaise, garlic and dill together and serve on the side.
- My favourite dish is grilled tuna with steamed spinach on the side.
- It is difficult to know exactly what to serve on the side with something you eat in this manner.
side by side
- (Of two or more people or things) close together and facing the same way: on we jogged, side by side, for a mileMore example sentences
- Blake joined her in the chant, and the two laid down on the grass, side by side, closing their eyes.
- The next time Will comes to the office, Sean greets him at the door and they head off to a park where they sit side by side on a bench looking forward.
- The vehicles park side by side, the brides are hastily exchanged, and the cars head home to the waiting grooms.
- Together: we have been using both systems, side by side, for two yearsMore example sentences
- It may be difficult to manage, but it cannot be impossible to run the two programmes either side by side or together.
- The two prophecies sit side by side, but sound discordant when heard together.
- For these words, I may just give two definitions side by side.
- (Of people or groups) supporting each other; in cooperation: the two institutions worked side by side in complete harmonyMore example sentences
- Heron and Dawson fought side by side, protecting each other and protecting Neela.
- The police around the country, man and woman, side by side, support the bill.
- So he taught us how to value each other, how to be side by side with each other.
side of the fence
- see fence.
- Support one person or cause against another or others in a dispute, conflict, or contest: I do not want to take sides in this matterMore example sentences
- The Labour MP, who called the meeting, told union members he could not take sides in an industrial dispute.
- Some parents took sides with the government policy and supported the plan in force.
- Some people are already taking sides, and the boss is looking for support from the people in your department.
take (or draw) someone to one side
- Speak to someone in private, especially so as to advise or warn them about something.More example sentences
- He respects my age and quite often takes me to one side and speaks to me about players.
- As midnight struck, Eddie took Tracey to one side and slipped the ring they had chosen together on to her finger.
- My father took me to one side and told me I had to save the family honour.
this side of
- 1Before (a particular time, date, or event): this side of midnightMore example sentences
- If everyone reading this downloads just three tracks each, we can prevent her from releasing anything this side of 2015.
- She reckons she has another three novels in her, so anyone who expects another this side of 2010 should probably lay off the codeine.
- Half of the next album is written and parts of it are already in demo form, so expect new material sometime this side of 2005.
- 1.1Yet to reach (a particular age): I’m this side of forty-fiveMore example sentences
- The journey of our life is hopefully towards perfection, and we don't reach it this side of death of course, but the quest is there.
- An obscure Sri Lankan had shoved aside three of the greatest batsmen in cricket history, the wonder carried in the voice of an Indian just this side of 70.
- I am not the first person this side of thirty to work here, nor do I expect to be the last.
- 2 • informal Used in superlative expressions to denote that something is comparable with a paragon or model of its kind: the finest coffee this side of BrazilMore example sentences
- This place has the best coffee, tea, hot chocolate and pastries this side of the Rocky Mountains.
- It serves the other best coffee I have ever had this side of the Mediterranean.
- I remember one time I stole a kiss in the back orchard - they've got the largest plot of land this side of anywhere.
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- He lives in Essex and works in an industry which praises bombast, self-aggrandisement, vanity and vacuity, yet is the most sincere, sideless, self-effacing person you could hope to meet.
- The M1077 and M1077A1 flatracks are sideless flatracks used to transport pallets of ammunition and other classes of supplies.
- There are fond memories of him in short sleeves and a deerstalker hat driving a topless, sideless jeep in the winter snow.
Old English sīde 'left or right part of the body', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zijde and German Seite, probably from a base meaning 'extending lengthwise'.