Meaning of “side” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun [ C ] us uk /saɪd/
Extra Examples
Grill the fish for 2 to 3 minutes on each side.There's a tree on the right side of the house.One side of his face had swollen up where he'd been stung.Our house is on the other side of town.We formed two lines, men on one side and women on the other.

A2 one of the two parts that something would divide into if you drew a line down the middle:

In most countries people drive on the right side of the road.
Which side of the bed do you sleep on?
They were on the other side of the room.

A2 a flat, outer surface of an object, especially one that is not its top, bottom, front, or back:

The ingredients are listed on the side of the box.
The side of the car was badly scratched.

A2 one edge of something:

A square has four sides.
There were chairs round the sides of the room.

B1 the area next to something:

trees growing by the side of the road
There were flowers in pots on either side of the front door.

A2 either of the two surfaces of a thin, flat object such as a piece of paper or a coin:

Write on both sides of the paper.

B2 one of the people or groups who are arguing, fighting, or competing:

Whose side is he on?
Whenever we argue he always takes Alice's side (= gives support to Alice).

the players in a sports team:

He's been selected for the national side.

B2 part of a situation that can be considered or dealt with separately:

She looks after the financial side of things.

B2 a part of someone's character:

She has a very practical side.

the two areas of your body from under your arms to the tops of your legs:

Stand with your arms by your sides.
She lay on her side.

B2 Someone's side of a story is the way in which they explain how something happened:

I thought I'd better listen to Clare's side of the story.
So far they'd only heard the story from the wife's side.

a number on a television that you can choose in order to receive a broadcast:

Which side is the film on?
from side to side

B2 If something moves from side to side, it moves from left to right and back again repeatedly:

swinging from side to side
side by side

B2 If two things or people are side by side, they are next to each other:

sitting side by side on the sofa
Alex laid them down side by side on the table.

the part of your family who are either your mother's relatives or your father's relatives:

They tend to be tall on my mother's side of the family.

(Definition of “side” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)