Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) an extended outer surface of an object
    they painted all four sides of the house
  2. (noun, body) either the left or right half of a body
  3. (noun, cognition) an aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect)
    he is on the purchasing side of the business
    it brought out his better side
  4. (noun, communication) an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute
  5. (noun, event) (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist
  6. (noun, food) a lengthwise dressed half of an animal's carcass used for food
  7. (noun, group) a family line of descent
  8. (noun, group) one of two or more contesting groups
  9. (noun, location) a surface forming part of the outside of an object
    dew dripped from the face of the leaf
  10. (noun, location) a line segment forming part of the perimeter of a plane figure
  11. (noun, location) a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location
    he never left my side
  12. (noun, object) an elevated geological formation
    the house was built on the side of a mountain
  13. (verb, competition) take sides for or against
    I'm siding against the current candidate
  14. (adj, all) located on a side
    the side porch

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Antonyms of Side

bottom, top

Origin of the word Side

  1. O.E. side "flanks of a person, the long part or aspect of anything," from P.Gmc. *sithon (cf. O.S. sida, O.N. si?a, M.Du. side, O.H.G. sita, Ger. Seite), from adj. *sithas "long" (cf. O.E. sid "long, broad, spacious," O.N. si?r "long, hanging down"), from PIE base *se- "long, late" (cf. L. serusmore
  2. "to cut into sides" (of meat), c.1470, from side (n.). Meaning "to support one of the parties in a discussion, dispute, etc.," is first attested 1591, from side (n.) in the fig. sense; earlier to hold sides (c.1489). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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