Definitions

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

  • adverb To or toward the side.
  • adverb Out of one's thoughts or mind.
  • adverb Apart.
  • adverb In reserve; away.
  • adverb So as to except or exclude from consideration.
  • noun A piece of dialogue intended for the audience and supposedly not heard by the other actors on stage.
  • noun A remark made in an undertone so as to be inaudible to others nearby.
  • noun A parenthetical departure; a digression.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something spoken and not heard, or supposed not to be heard, by some one or more present; especially, a remark uttered by an actor on the stage, and assumed not to be heard by the other characters on the stage, or to be heard only by those for whom it is intended.
  • On or to one side; to or at a short distance; apart; away from some normal direction or position: as, to turn or stand aside; to draw a curtain aside.
  • Apart or separately (from); in a state of withdrawal or exclusion (from).
  • Out of one's thoughts, consideration, or regard; away; off: as, to lay aside one's animosity; to put one's cares aside.
  • So as not to be heard by some one present: chiefly a dramatic use.
  • By the side of; beside.

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

  • adverb On, or to, one side; out of a straight line, course, or direction; at a little distance from the rest; out of the way; apart.
  • adverb Out of one's thoughts; off; away.
  • adverb So as to be heard by others; privately.
  • adverb (Law) to annul or defeat the effect or operation of, by a subsequent decision of the same or of a superior tribunal; to declare of no authority.
  • noun Something spoken aside; as, a remark made by a stageplayer which the other players are not supposed to hear.

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

  • adverb To or on one side so as to be out of the way.
  • preposition aside from
  • noun An incidental remark made quietly so as to be heard by the person to whom it is said and not by any others in the vicinity.

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

  • adverb on or to one side
  • adverb in reserve; not for immediate use
  • adverb not taken into account or excluded from consideration
  • noun a message that departs from the main subject
  • noun a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
  • adverb in a different direction
  • adverb placed or kept separate and distinct as for a purpose
  • adverb out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

a- +‎ side

Examples

  • «deponent» because they have laid aside («dē-pōnere», _to lay aside_) the active forms.

    Latin for Beginners

  • Gag me. so I bolted out of there ... by that time I just decided to head back to Union Station to eat and wait for my train aside from a delay there were no huge mishaps getting back to good ol 'Newport News overall it was a good day

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Neither are you going to see human clones, since again aside from the research potential there is ZERO value in cloning somebody and waiting twenty years for the payoff.

    Matthew Yglesias » Speech FAIL

  • The only path I'm seeing for McCain - aside from a horrible mistake by Obama - is to make Frank Marshall a story in the last 48 hours, hope that it tightens the polls by 2-3 points, like the Gore campaign did in 2000 with Bush's drunk driving arrest, and hope that slow voting machines reduce turnout in areas with high African-American populations in OH, FL, PA, and VA.

    The Poll Dance: No Tights - Swampland - TIME.com

  • No Labels doesn't mean 'don't have a label', it just means put the label aside so we can focus and work together and do what government needs to do.

    Cari Shane: The Manufacturing of No Labels

  • No Labels doesn't mean 'don't have a label', it just means put the label aside so we can focus and work together and do what government needs to do.

    Cari Shane: The Manufacturing of No Labels

  • No Labels doesn't mean 'don't have a label', it just means put the label aside so we can focus and work together and do what government needs to do.

    Cari Shane: The Manufacturing of No Labels

  • No Labels doesn't mean 'don't have a label', it just means put the label aside so we can focus and work together and do what government needs to do.

    Cari Shane: The Manufacturing of No Labels

  • No Labels doesn't mean 'don't have a label', it just means put the label aside so we can focus and work together and do what government needs to do.

    Cari Shane: The Manufacturing of No Labels

  • And that's why leaders in the party need to put the label aside and get real.

    CNN Transcript Jul 15, 2008

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  • As a preposition this has an unusual complementation pattern. Normally it's intransitive: 'We laid the papers aside.' A postposed complement is always a preposition phrase headed by 'from': 'Aside from that . . .' (and the NP complements of 'from' seem pretty restricted too). It can take an NP complement, of rather limited types (possibly idiomatically fixed), but these precede it: 'that aside', 'joking aside', ?'these problems aside'. It is similar in these patterns to 'apart'.

    July 7, 2009

  • He mentioned the man as an aside, giving me a rundown of the latest attempt to force contact with him

    August 29, 2010

  • aside the highway - aside from smth. - beside: the low mpg aside, the car is just awesome.

    January 27, 2012