from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- prep. At the side of; next to.
- prep. In comparison with: a proposal that seems quite reasonable beside the others.
- prep. On an equal footing with: has earned a place beside the best performers in the business.
- prep. In addition to: "Many creatures beside man live in communities” ( Stuart Chase). See Usage Note at besides.
- prep. Except for. See Usage Note at besides.
- prep. Not relevant to: a remark that was beside the point.
- adv. Archaic In addition.
- adv. Archaic Nearby.
- idiom beside (oneself) In a state of extreme excitement or agitation: They were beside themselves with glee.
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- prep. Next to; at the side of.
- prep. Not relevant to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- prep. At the side of; on one side of.
- prep. Aside from; out of the regular course or order of; in a state of deviation from; out of.
- prep. Over and above; distinct from; in addition to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as besides, which is now the common form.
- At the side of; near: as, sit down beside me, or beside the stream.
- Over and above; distinct from.
- Out of; away from.
- Apart from; not connected with; not according to.
- Contrary to.
- Out of; in a state deviating from.
- Synonyms Beside, Besides. Beside, by the side of; besides, in addition to.
Middle English biside, from Old English be sīdan : be, by; see by1 + sīde, side.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)