Definitions for: Side


[n] an extended outer surface of an object; "he turned the box over to examine the bottom side"; "they painted all four sides of the house"
[n] either the left or right half of a body (human or animal); "he had a pain in his side"
[n] an aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect); "he was on the heavy side"; "he is on the purchasing side of the business"; "it brought out his better side"
[n] an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute; "there are two sides to every question"
[n] (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist
[n] a lengthwise dressed half of an animal's carcass used for food
[n] a family line of descent; "he gets his brains from his father's side"
[n] one of two or more contesting groups (in games or war or politics); "the Confederate side was prepared to attack"
[n] a surface forming part of the outside of an object; "he examined all sides of the crystal"; "dew dripped from the face of the leaf"
[n] a line segment forming part of the perimeter of a plane figure; "the hypotenuse of a right triangle is always the longest side"
[n] a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location; "they always sat on the right side of the church"; "he never left my side"
[n] an elevated geological formation; "he climbed the steep slope"; "the house was built on the side of the mountain"
[v] take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for; "We all rooted for the home team"; "I'm pulling for the underdog"; "Are you siding with the defender of the title?"
[v] take the side of; be on the side of; "Whose side are you on?"; "Why are you taking sides with the accused?"



Webster (1913) Definition: Side, n. [AS. s[=i]de; akin to D. zijde, G. seite, OHG.
s[=i]ta, Icel. s[=i]?a, Dan. side, Sw. sida; cf. AS. s[=i]d
large, spacious, Icel. s[=i]?r long, hanging.]
1. The margin, edge, verge, or border of a surface;
especially (when the thing spoken of is somewhat oblong in
shape), one of the longer edges as distinguished from the
shorter edges, called ends; a bounding line of a
geometrical figure; as, the side of a field, of a square
or triangle, of a river, of a road, etc.

3. Any outer portion of a thing considered apart from, and
yet in relation to, the rest; as, the upper side of a
sphere; also, any part or position viewed as opposite to
or contrasted with another; as, this or that side.



Looking round on every side beheld A pathless desert.
--Milton.

4.
(a) One of the halves of the body, of an animals or man,
on either side of the mesial plane; or that which
pertains to such a half; as, a side of beef; a side of
sole leather.
(b) The right or left part of the wall or trunk of the
body; as, a pain in the side.

One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his
side. --John xix.
34.

5. A slope or declivity, as of a hill, considered as opposed
to another slope over the ridge.

Along the side of yon small hill. --Milton.

6. The position of a person or party regarded as opposed to
another person or party, whether as a rival or a foe; a
body of advocates or partisans; a party; hence, the
interest or cause which one maintains against another; a
doctrine or view opposed to another.

God on our side, doubt not of victory. --Shak.

We have not always been of the . . . same side in
politics. --Landor.

Sets the passions on the side of truth. --Pope.

7. A line of descent traced through one parent as
distinguished from that traced through another.

To sit upon thy father David's throne, By mother's
side thy father. --Milton.

8. Fig.: Aspect or part regarded as contrasted with some
other; as, the bright side of poverty.

By the side of, close at hand; near to.

Exterior side. (Fort.) See Exterior, and Illust. of
Ravelin.

Interior side (Fort.), the line drawn from the center of
one bastion to that of the next, or the line curtain
produced to the two oblique radii in front. --H. L. Scott.

Side by side, close together and abreast; in company or
along with.

To choose sides, to select those who shall compete, as in a
game, on either side.

To take sides, to attach one's self to, or give assistance
to, one of two opposing sides or parties.


Side, a.
1. Of or pertaining to a side, or the sides; being on the
side, or toward the side; lateral.

One mighty squadron with a side wind sped. --Dryden.

2. Hence, indirect; oblique; collateral; incidental; as, a
side issue; a side view or remark.

The law hath no side respect to their persons.
--Hooker.

3. [AS. s[=i]d. Cf Side, n.] Long; large; extensive. [Obs.
or Scot.] --Shak.

His gown had side sleeves down to mid leg.
--Laneham.

Side action, in breech-loading firearms, a mechanism for
operating the breech block, which is moved by a lever that
turns sidewise.

Side arms, weapons worn at the side, as sword, bayonet,
pistols, etc.

Side ax, an ax of which the handle is bent to one side.

Side-bar rule (Eng. Law.), a rule authorized by the courts
to be granted by their officers as a matter of course,
without formal application being made to them in open
court; -- so called because anciently moved for by the
attorneys at side bar, that is, informally. --Burril.

Side box, a box or inclosed seat on the side of a theater.

To insure a side-box station at half price.
--Cowper.

Side chain, one of two safety chains connecting a tender
with a locomotive, at the sides.



Side cut, a canal or road branching out from the main one.
[U.S.]

Side dish, one of the dishes subordinate to the main
course.

Side glance, a glance or brief look to one side.

Side hook (Carp.), a notched piece of wood for clamping a
board to something, as a bench.

Side lever, a working beam of a side-lever engine.

Side-lever engine, a marine steam engine having a working
beam of each side of the cylinder, near the bottom of the
engine, communicating motion to a crank that is above
them.

Side pipe (Steam Engine), a steam or exhaust pipe
connecting the upper and lower steam chests of the
cylinder of a beam engine.

Side plane, a plane in which the cutting edge of the iron
is at the side of the stock.

Side posts (Carp.), posts in a truss, usually placed in
pairs, each post set at the same distance from the middle
of the truss, for supporting the principal rafters,
hanging the tiebeam, etc.

Side rod.
(a) One of the rods which connect the piston-rod crosshead
with the side levers, in a side-lever engine.
(b) See Parallel rod, under Parallel.

Side screw (Firearms), one of the screws by which the lock
is secured to the side of a firearm stock.

Side table, a table placed either against the wall or aside
from the principal table.

Side tool (Mach.), a cutting tool, used in a lathe or
planer, having the cutting edge at the side instead of at
the point.

Side wind, a wind from one side; hence, an indirect attack,
or indirect means. --Wright.


Side, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sided; p. pr.& vb. n.
Siding.]
1. To lean on one side. [Obs.] --Bacon.

2. To embrace the opinions of one party, or engage in its
interest, in opposition to another party; to take sides;
as, to side with the ministerial party.

All side in parties, and begin the attack. --Pope.


Side, v. t.
1. To be or stand at the side of; to be on the side toward.
[Obs.]

His blind eye that sided Paridell. --Spenser.

2. To suit; to pair; to match. [Obs.] --Clarendon.

3. (Shipbuilding) To work (a timber or rib) to a certain
thickness by trimming the sides.

4. To furnish with a siding; as, to side a house.

Synonyms: English, face, go with, incline, position, pull, root, side of meat, slope

Antonyms: straddle

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