side ( sides plural & 3rd person present) ( siding present participle) ( sided past tense & past participle )
1 n-count The sideof something is a position to the left or right of it, rather than in front of it, behind it, or on it.
usu prep N of n
On one side of the main entrance there's a red plaque., ...a photograph with me in the centre and Joe and Ken on each side of me., ...the nations on either side of the Pacific..., There's nothing but woods on the other side of the highway..., There has been a build-up of troops on both sides of the border..., PC Dacre knocked on Webb's door and, opening it, stood to one side.
2 n-count The side of an object, building, or vehicle is any of its flat surfaces which is not considered to be its front, its back, its top, or its bottom.
usu with poss
We put a notice on the side of the box., ...a van bearing on its side the name of a company..., There was a stone staircase against the side of the house..., A carton of milk lay on its side.
3 n-count The sides of a hollow or a container are its inside vertical surfaces.
The rough rock walls were like the sides of a deep canal..., Line the base of the dish with greaseproof paper and lightly grease the sides.
4 n-count The sidesof an area or surface are its edges.
usu prep N of n
Park on the side of the road., ...a small beach on the north side of the peninsula...
5 n-count The two sidesof an area, surface, or object are its two halves.
usu prep N of n
She turned over on her stomach on the other side of the bed..., The major centre for language is in the left side of the brain.
6 n-count The two sides of a road are its two halves on which traffic travels in opposite directions.
It had gone on to the wrong side of the road and hit a car coming in the other direction.
7 n-count If you talk about the other side of a town or of the world, you mean a part of the town or of the world that is very far from where you are.
He saw the ship that was to transport them to the other side of the world..., Are you working on this side of the city?
8 n-count Your sides are the parts of your body between your front and your back, from under your arms to your hips.
usu poss N
His arms were limp at his sides..., They had laid him on his side.
9 n-count If someone is by your side or at your side, they stay near you and give you comfort or support.
usu sing, by/at poss N
He was constantly at his wife's side...
10 n-count The two sides of something flat, for example a piece of paper, are its two flat surfaces. You can also refer to one side of a piece of paper filled with writing as one side of writing.
The new copiers only copy onto one side of the paper..., Fry the chops until brown on both sides...
11 n-count One side of a tape or record is what you can hear or record if you play the tape or record from beginning to end without turning it over.
We want to hear side A...
12 adj Side is used to describe things that are not the main or most important ones of their kind.
ADJ n (Antonym: main)
She slipped in and out of the theatre by a side door., ...a prawn curry with a lentil side dish.
13 n-count The different sides in a war, argument, or negotiation are the groups of people who are opposing each other.
usu with supp
Both sides appealed for a new ceasefire..., ...the elections which his side lost...
14 n-count The different sidesof an argument or deal are the different points of view or positions involved in it.
usu N of n
...those with the ability to see all sides of a question...
15 verb If one person or country sideswith another, they support them in an argument or a war. If people or countries sideagainst another person or country, they support each other against them.
There has been much speculation that America might be siding with the rebels... V with/against n
16 n-count In sport, a side is a team.
(BRIT) usu with supp
Italy were definitely a better side than Germany...
in AM, use team
17 n-count A particular side of something such as a situation or someone's character is one aspect of it.
usu supp N
He is in charge of the civilian side of the UN mission..., It shows that your child can now see the funny side of things...
18 n-count The mother's side and the father's side of your family are your mother's relatives and your father's relatives.
usu supp N
So was your father's side more well off?
20 If two people or things are side by side, they are next to each other.
side by side phrase usu PHR after v
We sat side by side on two wicker seats...
21 If people work or live side by side, they work or live closely together in a friendly way.
side by side phrase usu PHR after v
...areas where different nationalities have lived side by side for centuries...
22 If you say that someone has let the side down, you mean that they have embarrassed their family or friends by behaving badly or not doing well at something.
let the side down phrase V inflects
Brown was constantly letting the side down.
23 If something moves from side to side, it moves repeatedly to the left and to the right.
from side to side phrase PHR after v
She was shaking her head from side to side.
24 If you are on someone's side, you are supporting them in an argument or a war.
on sb's side phrase PHR after v
He has the Democrats on his side..., Some of the younger people seem to be on the side of reform.
25 If something is on your side or if you have it on your side, it helps you when you are trying to achieve something.
on your side phrase PHR after v, v-link PHR
The law is not on their side.
26 If you get on the wrong side of someone, you do something to annoy them and make them dislike you. If you stay on the right side of someone, you try to please them and avoid annoying them.
on the right/wrong side of sb phrase usu PHR after v
I wouldn't like to get on the wrong side of him...
27 If you say that something is on the small side, you are saying politely that you think it is slightly too small. If you say that someone is on the young side, you are saying politely that you think they are slightly too young.
on the big/small etc side phrase usu v-link PHR (politeness)
He's quiet and a bit on the shy side.
28 If someone does something on the side, they do it in addition to their main work.
on the side phrase usu PHR after v
...ways of making a little bit of money on the side.
29 If you put something to one side or put it on one side, you temporarily ignore it in order to concentrate on something else.
put sth to/on one side phrase V inflects
In order to maintain profit margins health and safety regulations are often put to one side.
30 If you take someone to one side or draw them to one side, you speak to them privately, usually in order to give them advice or a warning.
take/draw sb to one side phrase V inflects
He took Sabrina to one side and told her about the safe.
31 If you take sides or take someone's side in an argument or war, you support one of the sides against the other.
take sides/sb's side phrase V inflects
We cannot take sides in a civil war...
to look on the bright side →
the other side of the coin →
to err on the side of something →
to be on the safe side →
someone's side of the story →
A-side ( A-sides plural ) The A-side of a record that has been released as a single is the main song on it. You can also refer to the side of the record that contains this song as the A-side. Compare B-side. n-count
B-side ( B-sides plural ) The B-side of a pop record has the less important or less popular song on it. Compare A-side. n-count
...a compilation of the band's A and B-sides.
flip side , flipside
1 n-sing The flip side of a record is the side that does not have the main song on it.
`What's on the flip side?'
2 n-sing Theflip side of a situation consists of the less obvious or less pleasant aspects of it.
The trade deficit is the flip side of a rapidly expanding economy.
side dish ( side dishes plural ) A side dish is an amount of a particular food that is served at the same time as the main dish. n-count
These mushrooms would make a delicious side dish.
side-effect ( side-effects plural ) , side effect
1 n-count The side-effects of a drug are the effects, usually bad ones, that the drug has on you in addition to its function of curing illness or pain.
The treatment has a whole host of extremely unpleasant side-effects including weight gain, acne, skin rashes and headaches..., Most patients suffer no side-effects.
2 n-count A side-effectof a situation is something unplanned and usually unpleasant that happens in addition to the main effects of that situation.
usu N of n/-ing
One side effect of modern life is stress...
side-foot ( side-foots plural & 3rd person present) ( side-footing present participle) ( side-footed past tense & past participle ) , sidefoot In football, if a player side-foots the ball, they kick it with the side of their foot.
(BRIT, JOURNALISM) verb
Currie sidefooted his first goal of the season. V n, Also V
Side-foot is also a noun., n-count usu sing
Anthony scored with a simple side-foot.
side issue ( side issues plural ) A side issue is an issue or subject that is not considered to be as important as the main one. n-count
I must forget these side issues and remember my mission.
A side-on collision or view is a collision or view from the side of an object. adj
...steel beams built into the doors for protection against a side-on crash.
side order ( side orders plural ) A side order is an amount of a food that you order in a restaurant to be served at the same time as the main dish. n-count
...a side order of potato salad.
side road ( side roads plural ) A side road is a road which leads off a busier, more important road. n-count
When you ride a horse side-saddle, you sit on a special saddle with both your legs on one side rather than one leg on each side of the horse. adv ADV after v
Naomi was given a pony and taught to ride side-saddle.
side salad ( side salads plural ) A side salad is a bowl of salad for one person which is served with a main meal. n-count
Something that is side-splitting is very funny and makes you laugh a lot.
...a side-splitting joke.
side street ( side streets plural ) A side street is a quiet, often narrow street which leads off a busier street. n-count