side

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.

Definitions of side
  1. noun
    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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    bedside
    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
    dockside
    the region adjacent to a boat dock
    east side
    the side that is on the east
    hand
    a position given by its location to the side of an object
    north side
    the side that is on the north
    shipside
    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
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    part, region
    the extended spatial location of something
  2. noun
    either the left or right half of a body
    “he had a pain in his side
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    area, region
    a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve
  3. noun
    a lengthwise dressed half of an animal's carcass used for food
    synonyms: side of meat
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    side of beef
    dressed half of a beef carcass
    side of pork
    dressed half of a hog carcass
    pork belly
    side of fresh pork
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    cut, cut of meat
    a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
  4. noun
    an elevated geological formation
    “the house was built on the side of a mountain”
    synonyms: incline, slope
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    acclivity, ascent, climb, raise, rise, upgrade
    an upward slope or grade (as in a road)
    bank
    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
    canyonside
    the steeply sloping side of a canyon
    coast
    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
    hillside
    the side or slope of a hill
    mountainside, versant
    the side or slope of a mountain
    piedmont
    a gentle slope leading from the base of a mountain to a region of flat land
    ski slope
    a snow-covered slope for skiing
    brae
    a slope or hillside
    downhill
    the downward slope of a hill
    riverbank, riverside
    the bank of a river
    steep
    a steep place (as on a hill)
    uphill
    the upward slope of a hill
    waterside
    land bordering a body of water
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    formation, geological formation
    (geology) the geological features of the earth
  5. noun
    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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    beam
    the broad side of a ship
    broadside
    the whole side of a vessel from stem to stern
    edge
    a sharp side formed by the intersection of two surfaces of an object
    front
    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
    nearside
    the side of a vehicle nearest the kerb
    obverse
    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
    sidewall
    the side of an automobile tire
    soffit
    the underside of a part of a building (such as an arch or overhang or beam etc.)
    starboard
    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
    bezel
    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
    ceiling
    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
    face
    the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object)
    featheredge
    a thin tapering edge
    frontispiece
    front illustration facing the title page of a book
    groin
    a curved edge formed by two intersecting vaults
    head
    (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
    milling
    corrugated edge of a coin
    nose
    a front that resembles a human nose (especially the front of an aircraft)
    nose
    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
    shirtfront
    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
    tail
    (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
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    surface
    the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary
  6. noun
    a surface forming part of the outside of an object
    “he examined all sides of the crystal”
    synonyms: face
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    beam-ends
    (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
    windward
    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
    base
    a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
    bilge
    where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom
    crest, crown
    the center of a cambered road
    heel
    the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation
    sole
    the underside of footwear or a golf club
    poll
    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
    underbelly
    lower side
    forefront, head
    the part in the front or nearest the viewer
    rearward
    direction toward the rear
    desktop
    the top of a desk
    rooftop
    the top of a (usually flat) roof
    tiptop
    the extreme top or summit
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    surface
    the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object
  7. noun
    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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    line
    a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent
  8. adjective
    located on a side
    side fences”
    “the side porch”
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    broadside
    toward a full side
    lateral, sidelong
    situated at or extending to the side
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    top
    situated at the top or highest position
    bottom
    situated at the bottom or lowest position
    best
    (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities
    high
    (literal meaning) being at or having a relatively great or specific elevation or upward extension (sometimes used in combinations like `knee-high')
    apical
    situated at an apex
    crowning
    forming or providing a crown or summit
    topmost, upmost, uppermost
    at or nearest to the top
    upper
    the topmost one of two
    bottommost, lowermost, nethermost
    farthest down
    inferior
    lower than a given reference point
    nether
    lower
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  9. noun
    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
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    downside
    a negative aspect of something that is generally positive
    hand
    one of two sides of an issue
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    aspect, facet
    a distinct feature or element in a problem
  10. noun
    an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute
    “there are two sides to every question”
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    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
  11. noun
    one of two or more contesting groups
    “the Confederate side was prepared to attack”
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    social unit, unit
    an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
  12. noun
    a family line of descent
    “he gets his brains from his father's side
  13. verb
    take sides for or against
    “"I"m siding against the current candidate”
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    pull, root for
    take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
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    align, array
    align oneself with a group or a way of thinking
  14. noun
    (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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