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(1)   An extended outer surface of an object
"He turned the box over to examine the bottom side"
"They painted all four sides of the house"
(2)   Either the left or right half of a body
"He had a pain in his side"
(3)   An aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect)
"He was on the heavy side"
"He is on the purchasing side of the business"
"It brought out his better side"
(4)   An opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute
"There are two sides to every question"
(5)   (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist
(6)   A lengthwise dressed half of an animal's carcass used for food
(7)   A family line of descent
"He gets his brains from his father's side"
(8)   One of two or more contesting groups
"The Confederate side was prepared to attack"
(9)   A surface forming part of the outside of an object
"He examined all sides of the crystal"
"Dew dripped from the face of the leaf"
(10)   A line segment forming part of the perimeter of a plane figure
"The hypotenuse of a right triangle is always the longest side"
(11)   A place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location
"They always sat on the right side of the church"
"He never left my side"
(12)   An elevated geological formation
"He climbed the steep slope"
"The house was built on the side of a mountain"


(13)   Take the side of; be on the side of
"Whose side are you on?"
"Why are you taking sides with the accused?"


  1. A bounding straight edge of an object.
    A square has four sides.
  2. A flat surface of a solid object.
    A cube has six sides.
  3. The left or right half of something.
    Which side of the tray shall I put it on?
  4. A region in a specified position with respect to something.
    Meet me on the north side of the monument.
  5. One surface of a sheet of paper (used instead of "page", which can mean one or both surfaces.)
    John wrote 15 sides for his essay!
  6. One possible aspect of a concept.
    Look on the bright side.
  7. One set of competitors in a game.
    Which side has kick-off?
  8. A group having a particular allegiance in a conflict or competition.
    In the second world war, the Italians were on the side of the Germans.
  9. Sidespin
    He had to put a bit of side on to hit the pink ball
  10. A television channel, usually as opposed to the one currently being watched .
    I just want to see what's on the other side — James said there was a good film on tonight.
  11. A dish that accompanies the main course; a side dish.
    Do you want a side of cole-slaw with that?


  • (bounding straight edge of an object): edge
  • (flat surface of an object): face
  • (left or right half): half
  • (surface of a sheet of paper): page
  • (region in a specified position with respect to something):
  • (one possible aspect of a concept):
  • (set of opponents in a game): team
  • (group having a particular allegiance in a war):
  • (television channel): channel, station (US)


  1. To ally oneself, be in an alliance, usually with "with" or rarely "in with"
    Which will you side with, good or evil?
    1958 Archer Fullingim, The Kountze [Texas] News, August 28, 1958:
    "How does it feel...to...side in with those who voted against you in 1947?"