—n. 1. one of the surfaces forming the outside of or bounding a thing, or one of the lines bounding a geometric figure.
2. either of the two broad surfaces of a thin, flat object, as a door, a piece of paper, etc.
3. one of the lateral surfaces of an object, as opposed to the front, back, top, and bottom.
4. either of the two lateral parts or areas of a thing: the right side and the left side. 5. either lateral half of the body, esp. of the trunk, of a human or animal.
6. the dressed, lengthwise half of an animal's body, as of beef or pork, used for food.
7. an aspect or phase, esp. as contrasted with another aspect or phase: to consider all sides of a problem. 8. region, direction, or position with reference to a central line, space, or point: the east side of a city. 9. a slope, as of a hill.
10. one of two or more contesting teams, groups, parties, etc.: Our side won the baseball game. 11. the position, course, or part of a person or group opposing another: I am on your side in this issue. 12. line of descent through either the father or the mother: grandparents on one's maternal side. 13. the space immediately adjacent to something or someone indicated: Stand at my side. 14. Informal.a side dish, as in a restaurant: I'll have a hamburger and a side of French fries. 15. Usually, sides.Theat. a. pages of a script containing only the lines and cues of a specific role to be learned by a performer.
b. the lines of the role.
16. Naut.the hull portion that is normally out of the water, located between the stem and stern to port or starboard.
17. Billiards.English (def. 8).
18. Slang.a phonograph record.
19. Chiefly Brit. Slang. a. affected manner; pretension; assumed haughtiness: to put on side. b. impudence; gall: He has a lot of side. 20. on the side,Informal. a. separate from the main issue or point of interest.
b. in addition to one's regular, or known work, interest, relationships, etc.: She tried selling cosmetics on the side. He dates another girl on the side. c. as a side dish: a hamburger with French fries on the side. 21. on the (specified) side, rather more than less; tending toward (the quality or condition specified): This cake is a little on the sweet side. 22. side by side, a. next to one another; together.
b. closely associated or related; in proximity: A divided city in which democracy and communism must live side by side. 23. take sides, to give one's support to one person or group in a dispute; be partial to one side: We were careful not to take sides forfear of getting personally involved. 24. the far side, the farther or opposite side: the far side of the moon.
—adj. 1. being at or on one side: the side aisles of a theater. 2. coming from one side.
3. directed toward one side: a side blow. 4. subordinate or incidental: a side issue.
—v.i. side with or against, to favor or support or refuse to support one group, opinion, etc., against opposition; take sides, as in a dispute: He always sides with the underdog.
Pronunciation: (sīd),[key] —adj.Scot. and North Eng. (esp. of a woman's dress or a man's beard) long and loose-flowing.