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siding

[sahy-ding] /ˈsaɪ dɪŋ/
noun
1.
a short railroad track, opening onto a main track at one or both ends, on which one of two meeting trains is switched until the other has passed.
2.
any of several varieties of weatherproof facing for frame buildings, composed of pieces attached separately as shingles, plain or shaped boards, or of various units of sheet metal or various types of composition materials.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; side1 + -ing1
Related forms
unsiding, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sidings'

siding

/ˈsaɪdɪŋ/
noun
1.
a short stretch of railway track connected to a main line, used for storing rolling stock or to enable trains on the same line to pass
2.
a short railway line giving access to the main line for freight from a factory, mine, quarry, etc
3.
(US & Canadian) material attached to the outside of a building to make it weatherproof
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Word Origin and History for sidings'

siding

n.

c.1600, "a taking of sides in a conflict or debate," verbal noun from side. First attested 1825 in the railroad sense; 1829, American English, in the architectural sense of "boarding on the sides of a building."

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