Definition of side noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//saɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//saɪd//
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  1. 1  [countable, usually singular] either of the two halves of a surface, an object or an area that is divided by an imaginary central line They drive on the left-hand side of the road in Japan. the right side of the brain satellite links to the other side of the world She was on the far side of the room. They crossed from one side of London to the other. Keep on your side of the bed!
  2. 2  [countable, usually singular] a position or an area to the left or right of something There is a large window on either side of the front door. He crossed the bridge to the other side of the river. people on both sides of the Atlantic She tilted her head to one side.
  3. not top or bottom
  4. 3  [countable] one of the flat surfaces of something that is not the top or bottom, front or back Write your name on the side of the box. There's a scratch on the side of my car. The kitchen door is at the side of the house. a side door/entrance/window Now lay the jar on its side. A notice was stuck to the side of the filing cabinet.
  5. 4  [countable] the vertical or sloping surface around something, but not the top or bottom of it A path went up the side of the hill. Brush the sides of the tin with butter. see also hillside, mountainside
  6. edge
  7. 5  [countable] a part or an area of something near the edge and away from the middle She sat on the side of the bed. A van was parked at the side of the road. the south side of the lake The player received treatment on the side of the pitch. We planted tulips along the side of the lawn. see also bedside, fireside, ringside, riverside, roadside, seaside
  8. of body
  9. 6  [countable, usually singular] either the right or left part of a person’s body, from the armpit (= where the arm joins the body) to the hip She has a pain down her right side. He was lying on his side.
  10. near to somebody/something
  11. 7  [singular] a place or position very near to somebody/something Keep close to my side. Her husband stood at her side.
  12. of something flat and thin
  13. 8  [countable] either of two surfaces of something flat and thin, such as paper or cloth Write on one side of the paper only. Fry the steaks for two minutes on each side.
  14. page
  15. 9[countable] the amount of writing needed to fill one side of a sheet of paper He told us not to write more than three sides.
  16. mathematics
  17. 10  [countable] any of the flat surfaces of a solid object A cube has six sides.
  18. 11  [countable] any of the lines that form a flat shape such as a square or triangle a shape with five sides The farm buildings form three sides of a square.
  19. -sided
  20. 12used in adjectives to state the number or type of sides a six-sided object a glass-sided container
  21. in war/argument
  22. 13  [countable] one of the two or more people or groups taking part in an argument, war, etc. Each side is capable of destroying the other in a nuclear war. We have finally reached an agreement acceptable to all sides. At some point during the war he seems to have changed sides. to be on the winning/losing side There are faults on both sides. The two sides announced a deal yesterday.
  23. 14  [countable] one of the opinions, attitudes or positions held by somebody in an argument, a business arrangement, etc. We heard both sides of the argument. I just want you to hear my side of the story first. Will you keep your side of the bargain?
  24. aspect
  25. 15  [countable] a particular aspect of something, especially a situation or a person’s character These poems reveal her gentle side. This is a side of Alan that I never knew existed. the darker side of human nature It's good you can see the funny side of the situation. I'll take care of that side of things.
  26. feeling that you are better
  27. 16[uncountable] (British English, informal) a feeling that you are better than other people There was no side to him at all.
  28. sports team
  29. 17[countable] a sports team As captain, Pryce is confident of leading his side to victory. The French have a very strong side. We were on the winning/losing side.
  30. of family
  31. 18[countable] the part of your family that people belong to who are related either to your mother or to your father a cousin on my father’s side (= a child of my father’s brother or sister)
  32. food
  33. 19(North American English, informal) = side dish Your dinner comes with a choice of two sides.
  34. meat
  35. 20[countable] a side of beef/bacon, etc. one of the two halves of an animal that has been killed for meat
  36. TV channel
  37. 21[countable] (old-fashioned, British English, informal) a television channel What's on the other side?
  38. Word OriginOld English sīde ‘left or right part of the body’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zijde and German Seite, probably from a base meaning ‘extending lengthways’.Extra examples A car was coming in their direction on the wrong side of the road. A long bench runs down one side of the room. A path leads down one side of the garden. As the home side, they were expected to play an attacking game. At the other side of the room, a group of people were clustered around the fire. Bob is hoping to show off his lighter side. Both sides struggled to find any sort of form. Each side accused the other of firing first. Emily turned onto her side and yawned. Even when things go badly, try to look on the bright side. Fortunately, Julie saw the funny side when I spilled coffee on her. France fielded a full-strength side. He felt a pain down his left side. He had never seen this side of her before. He is paralysed down his left side as a result of polio. He rushed to be at her side. He steered his side to victory. He stood with his head cocked to one side. He switched sides and joined the opposition. He was on the losing side. He’s usually very kind and gentle, but he has his less positive side too. His side conceded two goals in their last match. I always sleep on my side because I’m not comfortable on my back. I felt I was letting the side down by not going to the wedding. I felt a sharp pain in my side. I had nothing to do with the financial side of the company. I laughed until my sides ached. I’d like my eggs sunny side up. I’ve got an awful pain in my side. Lampard scored a goal to put his side ahead. Let both sides argue their case. Look at the bright side—you can spend more time at home. On the credit side, we played well, although we lost the match. She got in the passenger side of the car. She likes men who do not hide their feminine side. She put her head to one side as she talked. Some people were standing at one side of the room. Sussex are likely to field a strong side. The away side were dismissed for 192. The book gave him the opportunity to give his side of the story. The cat sat with its tail twitching from side to side. The flip side of nationalism is racism. The home side scored in the opening ten minutes. The reverse side of the coin has a picture of a flower. The scandal has shown us the ugly side of politics. The ship was damaged on her starboard side. The trade deficit is a thorn in the side of the US economy. The two sat side by side on the bench. There are several sides to most problems. There are two sides to every story. There were casualties on both sides of the conflict. This murder highlights the seamy side of Hollywood. War forces people to choose sides. What can we do on the supply side to make this market more competitive? a factory on the west side of town the left-hand side of the page the sunny, leeward side of the island An inexperienced English side overcame a determined home team 39–24. As captain, Pryce is confident of leading his side to victory. He scored the winning goal in the famous 2001 cup-winning side. He told us to write no more than three sides. Her novels deal with the darker side of human nature. I want you to hear my side of the story first. I’ll take care of that side of things. It’s good you can see the funny side of the situation. The other side maintains that the project will not be affordable. There are, of course, arguments on both sides. This is a side to Alan that I never knew existed. Wenger is planning to field an unchanged side for the second leg. Will you keep your side of the bargain? You need to listen to both sides of the argument.Idioms
    be on somebody’s side
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    to support and agree with somebody I'm definitely on your side in this. Whose side are you on anyway?
    (British English, slang) the boyfriend or girlfriend of somebody who is already married or in a steady sexual relationship with somebody else Is he your bit on the side?
    come down on one side of the fence or the other
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    to choose between two possible choices
    err on the side of something
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    to show too much of a good quality I thought it was better to err on the side of caution (= to be too careful rather than take a risk).
     moving to the left and then to the right and then back again He shook his head slowly from side to side. The ship rolled from side to side.
    from/on the wrong side of the tracks
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    from or living in a poor area or part of town
    get on the right/wrong side of somebody
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    to make somebody pleased with you/annoyed with you
    get out of bed on the wrong side (British English) (North American English get up on the wrong side of the bed)
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    to be bad-tempered for the whole day for no particular reason
    the grass is (always) greener on the other side (of the fence)
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    (saying) said about people who never seem happy with what they have and always think that other people have a better situation than they have
    have something on your side
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    to have something as an advantage that will make it more likely that you will achieve something She may not win this year, but she does have youth on her side.
    know which side your bread is buttered
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    (informal) to know where you can get an advantage for yourself
    laugh on the other side of your face
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    (British English, informal) to be forced to change from feeling pleased or satisfied to feeling disappointed or annoyed He’ll be laughing on the other side of his face when he reads my letter.
    (especially British English) to fail to give your friends, family, etc. the help and support they expect, or to behave in a way that makes them disappointed You can always rely on Maggie—she’d never let the side down.
    look on the bright side
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    to be cheerful or positive about a bad situation, for example by thinking only of the advantages and not the disadvantages
    not leave somebody’s side
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    to stay with somebody, especially in order to take care of them
    on/from all sides, on/from every side
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    in or from all directions; everywhere We realized we were surrounded on all sides. Disaster threatens on every side. She was bombarded with questions from all sides.
    on the big, small, high, etc. side
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    (informal) slightly too big, small, high, etc. These shoes are a little on the tight side. Don’t you think you’re a bit on the short side to play basketball?
    used to introduce the good points about somebody/something, especially after the bad points have been mentioned On the credit side, she’s always willing to work very late. (old-fashioned) on the woman’s side of the family
    1. 1out of your way I left my bags on one side.
    2. 2to be dealt with later I put his complaint to one side until I had more time. Leaving that to one side for a moment, are there any other questions?
    on the other side of the fence
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    in a situation that is different from the one that you are in
    on the right/wrong side of 40, 50, etc.
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    (informal) younger or older than 40, 50, etc. years of age
    being especially careful; taking no risks I took some extra cash just to be on the safe side.
    1. 1in addition to your main job a mechanic who buys and sells cars on the side
    2. 2secretly or illegally He's married but he has a girlfriend on the side.
    3. 3(especially North American English) (of food in a restaurant) served at the same time as the main part of the meal, but on a separate plate
    on the wrong side of the law
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    in trouble with the police
    the other side of the coin
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    the aspect of a situation that is the opposite of or contrasts with the one you have been talking about
    (North American English) with the top part turned to the top; in the correct, normal position I dropped my toast, but luckily it fell right side up. opposite upside down
    1. 1  close together and facing in the same direction There were two children ahead, walking side by side.
    2. 2together, without any difficulties We have been using both systems, side by side, for two years. The two communities exist happily side by side.
    split your sides (laughing/with laughter)
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    to laugh a lot at somebody/something
    to express support for somebody in a disagreement She didn't think it was wise to take sides in their argument.
    take/draw somebody to one side
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    to speak to somebody in private, especially in order to warn or tell them about something
    before a particular time, event, age, etc. They aren't likely to arrive this side of midnight.
    a thorn in somebody’s flesh/side
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    a person or thing that repeatedly annoys somebody or stops them from doing something
    used to say that somebody can wait for something to happen or can wait before doing something
    two sides of the same coin
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    used to talk about two ways of looking at the same situation
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: side