beside

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English beside, besiden (also besides > besides), from Old English be sīdan, bī sīdan (by the side (of), on the side (of)), equivalent to be- +‎ side. Compare Saterland Frisian biesiede (aside), German Low German bisied (aside), German beiseite (aside, to one side). Compare also Dutch terzijde (aside).

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beside

  1. Next to; at the side of.
    A small table beside the bed
  2. Not relevant to.
    That is beside the point
  3. Besides; in addition to.

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beside (not comparable)

  1. otherwise; else
    • (Can we date this quote by Percy Bysshe Shelley and provide title, author's full name, and other details?), Ozymandias:
      Nothing beside remains. Round the decay / Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare / The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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