Be side

beside

[bih-sahyd]
preposition
1.
by or at the side of; near: Sit down beside me.
2.
compared with: Beside him other writers seem amateurish.
3.
apart from; not connected with: beside the point; beside the question.
4.
besides ( defs 4, 5 ).
adverb
5.
along the side of something: The family rode in the carriage, and the dog ran along beside.
6.
besides ( def 2 ).
Idioms
7.
beside oneself, almost out of one's senses from a strong emotion, as from joy, delight, anger, fear, or grief: He was beside himself with rage when the train left without him.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; earlier bi-siden, Old English bī sīdan, be sīdan; see be-, side

beside, besides (see usage note at the current entry).


For the prepositional meanings “over and above, in addition to” and “except” besides is preferred, especially in edited writing: Besides these honors he received a sum of money. We heard no other sound besides the breaking surf. However, beside sometimes occurs with these meanings as well.
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beside (bɪˈsaɪd)
 
prep (often foll by with)
1.  next to; at, by, or to the side of
2.  as compared with
3.  away from; wide of: beside the point
4.  archaic besides
5.  beside oneself overwhelmed; overwrought: beside oneself with grief
 
adv
6.  at, by, to, or along the side of something or someone
 
[Old English be sīdan; see by, side]

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beside
O.E. be sidan "by the side of" (only as two words), from sidan dative of side (q.v.). By 1200, formed as one word and used as both adverb and preposition. The alternative M.E. meaning "outside" led to the sense preserved in beside oneself "out of one's wits" (late 15c.).
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