A side is a physical position to the left or the right of an object or person. It’s also another kind of position—like if you take your brother’s side in an argument, you say he’s right. Even if he’s not.

There are physical sides, such as when Clark Kent parts his hair on the right side and Superman parts his on the left. There are also figurative sides, which you could also call positions or opinions. When your friends take your side in an argument, they agree with you, and when you have to debate both sides of an issue, it can help you understand another person's perspective.

Primary Meanings of side

a place within a region identified relative to a center or reference location
located on a side
an aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect)
take sides for or against
(sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist
Full Definitions of side

n 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
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space by the side of a bed (especially the bed of a sick or dying person)
blind side
the side on which your vision is limited or obstructed
the region adjacent to a boat dock
east side
the side that is on the east
a position given by its location to the side of an object
north side
the side that is on the north
the part of a wharf that is next to a ship
south side
the side that is on the south
west side
the side that is on the west
Type of:
part, region
the extended spatial location of something

n either the left or right half of a body

“he had a pain in his side
Type of:
area, region
a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve

n a lengthwise dressed half of an animal's carcass used for food

side of meat
side of beef
dressed half of a beef carcass
side of pork
dressed half of a hog carcass
pork belly
side of fresh pork
Type of:
cut, cut of meat
a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass

n an elevated geological formation

“the house was built on the side of a mountain”
incline, slope
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acclivity, ascent, climb, raise, rise, upgrade
an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water)
bank, camber, cant
a slope in the turn of a road or track; the outside is higher than the inside in order to reduce the effects of centrifugal force
the steeply sloping side of a canyon
a slope down which sleds may coast
declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, fall
a downward slope or bend
escarpment, scarp
a long steep slope or cliff at the edge of a plateau or ridge; usually formed by erosion
the side or slope of a hill
mountainside, versant
the side or slope of a mountain
a gentle slope leading from the base of a mountain to a region of flat land
ski slope
a snow-covered slope for skiing
a slope or hillside
the downward slope of a hill
riverbank, riverside
the bank of a river
a steep place (as on a hill)
the upward slope of a hill
land bordering a body of water
Type of:
formation, geological formation
(geology) the geological features of the earth

n 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”
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the broad side of a ship
the whole side of a vessel from stem to stern
a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object
the side that is seen or that goes first
larboard, port
the left side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose
the side of a vehicle nearest the kerb
the side of a coin or medal bearing the principal stamp or design
back, rear
the side that goes last or is not normally seen
reverse, verso
the side of a coin or medal that does not bear the principal design
the side of an automobile tire
the underside of a part of a building (such as an arch or overhang or beam etc.)
the right side of a ship or aircraft to someone who is aboard and facing the bow or nose
upper surface
the side that is uppermost
bevel, cant, chamfer
two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees
a sloping edge on a cutting tool
bow, fore, prow, stem
front part of a vessel or aircraft
brim, lip, rim
the top edge of a vessel or other container
the overhead upper surface of a covered space
curb, curbing, kerb
an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)
deckle, deckle edge
rough edge left by a deckle on handmade paper or produced artificially on machine-made paper
facade, frontage, frontal
the face or front of a building
the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object)
a thin tapering edge
front illustration facing the title page of a book
a curved edge formed by two intersecting vaults
(usually plural) the obverse side of a coin that usually bears the representation of a person's head
cutting edge, knife edge
the sharp cutting side of the blade of a knife
leading edge
forward edge of an airfoil
corrugated edge of a coin
a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft)
the front or forward projection of a tool or weapon
nose cone, ogive
front consisting of the conical head of a missile or rocket that protects the payload from heat during its passage through the atmosphere
razor edge
an edge that is as sharp as the cutting side of a razor
the front of a shirt (usually the part not covered by a jacket)
shopfront, storefront
the front side of a store facing the street; usually contains display windows
after part, poop, quarter, stern, tail
the rear part of a ship
empennage, tail, tail assembly
the rear part of an aircraft
(usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head
trailing edge
the rear edge of an airfoil
Type of:
the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary

n a surface forming part of the outside of an object

“he examined all sides of the crystal”
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(nautical) at the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel
bottom, underside, undersurface
the lower side of anything
forepart, front, front end
the side that is forward or prominent
lee, lee side, leeward
the side of something that is sheltered from the wind
the side of something that is toward the wind
back end, backside, rear
the side of an object that is opposite its front
top, top side, upper side, upside
the highest or uppermost side of anything
a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom
crest, crown
the center of a cambered road
the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation
the underside of footwear or a golf club
the part of the head between the ears
crown, pate, poll
the top of the head
nape, nucha, scruff
the back side of the neck
lower side
forefront, head
the part in the front or nearest the viewer
direction toward the rear
the top of a desk
the top of a (usually flat) roof
the extreme top or summit
Type of:
the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object

n a line segment forming part of the perimeter of a plane figure

“the hypotenuse of a right triangle is always the longest side
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a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent

adj located on a side

side fences”
“the side porch”
toward a full side
lateral, sidelong
situated at or extending to the side
situated at the top or highest position
situated at the bottom or lowest position
(superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities
(literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
situated at an apex
forming or providing a crown or summit
topmost, upmost, uppermost
at or nearest to the top
the topmost one of two
bottommost, lowermost, nethermost
farthest down
lower than a given reference point
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n 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
a negative aspect of something that is generally positive
one of two sides of an issue
Type of:
aspect, facet
a distinct feature or element in a problem

n an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute

“there are two sides to every question”
Type of:
opinion, view
a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof

n one of two or more contesting groups

“the Confederate side was prepared to attack”
Type of:
social unit, unit
an organization regarded as part of a larger social group

n a family line of descent

“he gets his brains from his father's side
Type of:
ancestry, blood, blood line, bloodline, descent, line, line of descent, lineage, origin, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock
the descendants of one individual

v take sides for or against

“"I"m siding against the current candidate”
pull, root for
take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
Type of:
align, array
align oneself with a group or a way of thinking

n (sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist

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a swift whirling motion (usually of a missile)

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