moreover; furthermore; also: Besides, I promised her we would come.
in addition: There are three elm trees and two maples besides.
otherwise; else: They had a roof over their heads but not much besides.
over and above; in addition to: Besides a mother he has a sister to support.
other than; except: There's no one here besides Bill and me.

1150–1200; Middle English; see beside, -s1

beside, besides (see usage note at beside).

1. further. Besides, moreover both indicate something additional to what has already been stated. Besides often suggests that the addition is in the nature of an afterthought: The bill cannot be paid as yet; besides, the work is not completed. Moreover is more formal and implies that the addition is something particular, emphatic, or important: I did not like the house; moreover, it was too high-priced.

4, 5. See beside. Unabridged
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besides (bɪˈsaɪdz)
1.  apart from; even considering: besides costing too much, the scheme is impractical
sentence connector
2.  anyway; moreover
3.  as well

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, beside + adv. gen. -s. Once sharing all the senses of beside, now properly limited to "in addition to, otherwise."
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Example sentences
Besides buying low, you sell shares when the markets soar.
Besides full-time faculty members, the bargaining unit includes librarians and
Growing some ourselves saved quite a bit and was fun besides.
Besides generating pharmaceuticals, transgenic animals can also provide
  research models of currently incurable human diseases.
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