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aside

[uh-sahyd] /əˈsaɪd/
adverb
1.
on or to one side; to or at a short distance apart; away from some position or direction:
to turn aside; to move the chair aside.
2.
away from one's thoughts or consideration:
to put one's cares aside.
3.
in reserve; in a separate place, as for safekeeping; apart; away:
to put some money aside for a rainy day.
4.
away from a present group, especially for reasons of privacy; off to another part, as of a room; into or to a separate place:
He took him aside and talked business.
5.
in spite of; put apart; notwithstanding:
all kidding aside; unusual circumstances aside.
noun
6.
a part of an actor's lines supposedly not heard by others on the stage and intended only for the audience.
7.
words spoken so as not to be heard by others present.
8.
a temporary departure from a main theme or topic, especially a parenthetical comment or remark; short digression.
Idioms
9.
aside from,
  1. apart from; besides; excluding:
    Aside from her salary, she receives money from investments.
  2. except for:
    They had no more food, aside from a few stale rolls.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see a-1, side1
Related forms
quasi-aside, adverb
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  • White is more subtle in her humorous asides and feigned grimaces.
  • The papers are not bereft of whimsy, but it is confined to footnotes and asides.
  • Where he can, he stages her life as a performance, with knowing asides and a certain kind of old-fashioned fun.
  • The reader never hears what the main story is and how the asides fit into it.
  • But the eye adjusts and eventually is bored, despite the surfeit of thought, skill and art-historical asides.
  • Sometimes the asides take such an unexpected turn that the fabric of the conversation threatens to unravel.
  • He was a master mimic, inimitable in his droll asides, an improviser and innovator of new tricks.
  • He also fortifies his prose with many asides of understated wit and benign, suggestive irony.
British Dictionary definitions for asides

aside

/əˈsaɪd/
adverb
1.
on or to one side: they stood aside to let him pass
2.
out of hearing; in or into seclusion: he took her aside to tell her of his plan
3.
away from oneself: he threw the book aside
4.
out of mind or consideration: he put aside all fears
5.
in or into reserve: to put aside money for old age
6.
(preposition) (mainly US & Canadian) aside from
  1. besides: he has money aside from his possessions
  2. except for: he has nothing aside from the clothes he stands in Compare apart (sense 7)
noun
7.
something spoken by an actor, intended to be heard by the audience, but not by the others on stage
8.
any confidential statement spoken in undertones
9.
a digression
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Word Origin and History for asides

aside

adv.

c.1300, "off to one side;" mid-14c., "to or from the side;" late 14c., "away or apart from others, out of the way," from a- (1) + side (n.). Noun sense of "words spoken so as to be (supposed) inaudible" is from 1727. Middle English had asidely "on the side, indirectly" (early 15c.) and asideward "sideways, horizontal" (late 14c.).

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