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Definitions of side

  1. minor or subordinate; ` by' is often used in combination; " a side interest"; " a by ( or bye) effect"; " only a by comment"; " by- election"; " bye- election"; " a by- product"; " by- play"
  2. ( sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist
  3. 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"
  4. take the side of; be on the side of; " Whose side are you on?"; " Why are you taking sides with the accused?"
  5. an elevated geological formation; " he climbed the steep slope"; " the house was built on the side of the mountain"
  6. an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute; " there are two sides to every question"
  7. 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?"
  8. 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"
  9. either the left or right half of a body ( human or animal); " he had a pain in his side"
  10. a lengthwise dressed half of an animal's carcass used for food
  11. a family line of descent; " he gets his brains from his father's side"
  12. one of two or more contesting groups ( in games or war or politics); " the Confederate side was prepared to attack"
  13. 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"
  14. located on a side; " side fences"; " the side porch"
  15. added as a consequence or supplement; " a side benefit"
  16. either the left or right half of a body; " he had a pain in his side"
  17. one of two or more contesting groups; " the Confederate side was prepared to attack"
  18. a line segment forming part of the perimeter of a plane figure; " the hypotenuse of a right triangle is always the longest side"
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. The right or left part of the wall or trunk of the body; as, a pain in the side.
  23. A slope or declivity, as of a hill, considered as opposed to another slope over the ridge.
  24. 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.
  25. A line of descent traced through one parent as distinguished from that traced through another.
  26. Fig.: Aspect or part regarded as contrasted with some other; as, the bright side of poverty.
  27. Hence, indirect; oblique; collateral; incidental; as, a side issue; a side view or remark.
  28. Long; large; extensive.
  29. To lean on one side.
  30. 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.
  31. To be or stand at the side of; to be on the side toward.
  32. To suit; to pair; to match.
  33. To work ( a timber or rib) to a certain thickness by trimming the sides.
  34. To furnish with a siding; as, to side a house.
  35. The edge or bounding line of a surface, especially one of the longer lines as distinguished from the ends; one of the surfaces or faces that limit a solid; the right or left part of an object or of the body; a party of men upholding a cause against another group; as, truth is on our side; a line of descent through a parent; as, a cousin on the mother's side.
  36. Lateral; laterally placed; minor; incidental.
  37. To take the part of one against another: followed by with; as, he sided with the Unionists.
  38. The edge or border of anything: the surface of a solid: a part of a thing as seen by the eye: region: part: the part of an animal between the hip and shoulder: any party, interest, or opinion opposed to another: faction: line of descent.
  39. Being on or toward the side: lateral: indirect.
  40. To embrace the opinion or cause of one party against another.
  41. Broad surface of anything; part; part of an animal between the hip and shoulder; party; margin.
  42. Lateral; indirect.
  43. To lean to one party.
  44. To range oneself on the side; followed by with.
  45. Situated at or on one side; lateral; minor; subsidiary.
  46. Any one of the bounding lines or surfaces of an object.
  47. A lateral part of a surface or object.
  48. Either of two opposite opinions.
  49. Lateral; being on or toward the side; oblique; indirect.
  50. The broad and long part or surface of a thing; margin or edge; the rib part of an animal; the part between the top and bottom, as the slope of a hill; one part of a thing; quarter; region; party; faction; sect; separate line of descent.
  51. To stand at the side of. To take sides, to attach one's self to the interest of a party. To choose sides, to select parties for competition.
  52. To embrace the opinions of a party, or engage in its interest.
  53. The part of a body lying between the extremity of the front and back throughout its entire length; the margin; edge; border; quarter; region; party; sect; branch of a family; any part or position viewed as opposite, or as contrasted with another; used to denote consanguinity, as, by the mother's side.
  54. Towards the side; lateral.
  55. To embrace the opinions of one party in opposition to another.
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