American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- Middle English biside, from Old English be sīdan : be, by; see by1 + sīde, side. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He thinks of being AWOL, and likes the idea of the label beside his name, the sense it gives of who he is.”
“Boucheau, the name beside the bottom button reads.”
“I rolled down the window, looked at his shield and the name beside his photo, and smiled.”
“I think it was a real aesthetic satisfaction; I know they would talk of it afterward for hours, with sighing comparisons of the "form" of the young men of Elgin, which they called beside Hesketh's quite outre.”
“... but a label beside each flavor helps the process greatly especially when the loud speakers are blaring in the background.”
“I backed up and tried pulling in beside the toilet.”
“He didn't want to be close in beside the other men.”
“In the chairs arrayed across the lawn, environmentalists mingled with auto-industry lobbyists, and Californians who had led the fight for stronger fuel-economy standards, like Pavley and Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, wedged in beside Michigan legislators who had fiercely resisted them.”
“But the thought was still splendid and the glow unabated as she crept in beside her husband under the sleeping-robe.”
“Next he dragged a dying woman over on top of me, and, with much squeezing and shoving, crawled in beside me and partly over me.”
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