from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Material, such as boards or shingles, used for surfacing the outside walls of a frame building.
  • noun A short section of railroad track connected by switches with a main track.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act. of taking sides; the attaching of one's self to a party; division into sides or parties.
  • noun On railroads, a short additional track placed at the side of a main line, and connected at one or both ends with the main lines of rails by means of Switches or points.
  • noun The covering or boarding of the sides of a frame building, or the material used for that purpose, as weather-boards, or boards or shingles otherwise prepared.
  • noun The dressing of timbers to their correct breadth, as in shipbuilding; also, the timbers so dressed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Attaching one's self to a party.
  • noun A side track, as a railroad; a turnout.
  • noun (Carp.) The covering of the outside wall of a frame house, whether made of weatherboards, vertical boarding with cleats, shingles, or the like.
  • noun (Shipbuilding) The thickness of a rib or timber, measured, at right angles with its side, across the curved edge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A building material which covers and protects the sides of a house or other building (called cladding in the UK).
  • noun rail transport A second, relatively short length of track just to the side of a railroad track, joined to the main track by switches at one or both ends, used either for unloading freight, or to allow two trains on a same track to meet (opposite directions) or pass (same direction).
  • verb Present participle of side.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a short stretch of railroad track used to store rolling stock or enable trains on the same line to pass
  • noun material applied to the outside of a building to make it weatherproof


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