WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
side1 /saɪd/USA pronunciation   n., adj., v.,  sid•ed, sid•ing. 
n. [countable]
  1. one of the surfaces forming the outside of something:the side of a building.
  2. either of the two broad surfaces of a thin flat object, such as a door or a sheet of paper.
  3. one of the surfaces of an object that is not the front, back, top, or bottom:The side of the box had been crushed.
  4. either the right or left half, part, or area of a thing, esp. of the body:the right side and the left side.
  5. region, direction, or position with reference to a central line, space, or point:the east side of a city.
  6. a slope, as of a hill:climbed up the side of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  7. a part, piece, or phase making up some whole:We need to examine all sides of the math problem.
  8. one of two or more contesting or competing teams or groups:Our side won the baseball game.
  9. the position, ideas, or point of view of one person or group opposing another:Whose side are you on? I am on your side.
  10. See take sides below.
  11. line of descent through either parent:She's related to me on my mother's side.
  12. the space immediately next to someone:Stand at my side.
  13. Informal Termsa side dish, esp. in a restaurant:a side of French fries.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. being at or on one side:Enter through the side door.
  2. coming from or directed toward one side;
    sideways:a side blow.
  3. secondary;
    subordinate;
    incidental:For him, salary is just a side issue.

v. 
  1. side with or  against , [+ with/against + object] to support (or oppose), as in an argument:Her parents always sided with her brother.
Idioms
  1. Idiomson the side, [uncountable] in addition to some primary thing:He ordered some French fries on the side.
  2. Idiomsside by side, [uncountable]
    • next to one another;
      together:The soldiers stood side by side.
    • closely associated or related:working side by side for peace.
  3. Idiomstake sides, to support one participant in a dispute rather than another:He decided not to take sides in the office squabbles.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
side1  (sīd),USA pronunciation n., adj., v.,  sid•ed, sid•ing. 
n. 
  1. one of the surfaces forming the outside of or bounding a thing, or one of the lines bounding a geometric figure.
  2. either of the two broad surfaces of a thin, flat object, as a door, a piece of paper, etc.
  3. one of the lateral surfaces of an object, as opposed to the front, back, top, and bottom.
  4. either of the two lateral parts or areas of a thing:the right side and the left side.
  5. Anatomy, Zoologyeither lateral half of the body, esp. of the trunk, of a human or animal.
  6. Foodthe dressed, lengthwise half of an animal's body, as of beef or pork, used for food.
  7. an aspect or phase, esp. as contrasted with another aspect or phase:to consider all sides of a problem.
  8. region, direction, or position with reference to a central line, space, or point:the east side of a city.
  9. a slope, as of a hill.
  10. one of two or more contesting teams, groups, parties, etc.:Our side won the baseball game.
  11. the position, course, or part of a person or group opposing another:I am on your side in this issue.
  12. line of descent through either the father or the mother:grandparents on one's maternal side.
  13. the space immediately adjacent to something or someone indicated:Stand at my side.
  14. Informal Termsa side dish, as in a restaurant:I'll have a hamburger and a side of French fries.
  15. Show BusinessUsually,  sides. [Theat.]
    • 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.
  16. Nautical, Naval Termsthe hull portion that is normally out of the water, located between the stem and stern to port or starboard.
  17. Games[Billiards.]English (def. 8).
  18. Slang Termsa phonograph record.
  19. British Terms[Chiefly Brit. Slang.]
    • affected manner;
      pretension;
      assumed haughtiness:to put on side.
    • impudence;
      gall:He has a lot of side.
  20. Informal Termson the side: 
    • 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.
  21. on the (specified) side, rather more than less;
    tending toward (the quality or condition specified):This cake is a little on the sweet side.
  22. 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.
  23. 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 forfear of getting personally involved.
  24. the far side, the farther or opposite side:the far side of the moon.

adj. 
  1. being at or on one side:the side aisles of a theater.
  2. coming from one side.
  3. directed toward one side:a side blow.
  4. subordinate or incidental:a side issue.

v.i. 
  1. side with or  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.
sideless, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English sīde (noun, nominal); cognate with Dutch zijde, German Seite, Old Norse sītha
    • 28.See corresponding entry in Unabridged minor, lesser.

side2  (sīd),USA pronunciation adj. [Scot. and North Eng.]
  1. Scottish Terms(esp. of a woman's dress or a man's beard) long and loose-flowing.
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English sīd ample, large, extending lengthwise; cognate with Old Norse sīthr long, Low German sied low

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