Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.
  • Without.
  • Synonyms Beside, Besides. Beside, by the side of; besides, in addition to.

Etymologies

Middle English biside, from Old English be sīdan : be, by; see by1 + sīde, side.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He thinks of being AWOL, and likes the idea of the label beside his name, the sense it gives of who he is.

    GIRL BY THE ROAD AT NIGHT

  • Boucheau, the name beside the bottom button reads.

    A Hidden Affair

  • I rolled down the window, looked at his shield and the name beside his photo, and smiled.

    The Killing Kind

  • 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.

    The Imperialist

  • ... but a label beside each flavor helps the process greatly especially when the loud speakers are blaring in the background.

    Veronica's Test Kitchen

  • I backed up and tried pulling in beside the toilet.

    Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt » 2009 » June

  • He didn't want to be close in beside the other men.

    Narrative Magazine's Friday Feature: Alexi Zentner's 'Trapline'

  • 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.

    The California Experiment

  • But the thought was still splendid and the glow unabated as she crept in beside her husband under the sleeping-robe.

    LI-WAN, THE FAIR

  • 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.

    Chapter 23: The People of the Abyss

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