Side

Definition of Side

Pronunciation: sīd
n.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.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.
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.
Side by side
close together and abreast; in company or along with.
- H. L. Scott.
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.
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.Long; large; extensive.
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.
Side box
a box or inclosed seat on the side of a theater.
- Burril.
To insure a side-box station at half price.
- Cowper.
v. i.1.To lean on one side.
[imp. & p. p. Sided; p. pr. & vb. n. Siding.]
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.
v. t.1.To be or stand at the side of; to be on the side toward.
His blind eye that sided Paridell.
- Spenser.
2.To suit; to pair; to match.
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.

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