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[waw-ter-sahyd, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌsaɪd, ˈwɒt ər-/
the margin, bank, or shore of a river, lake, ocean, etc.
of, relating to, or situated at the waterside:
waterside insects; a waterside resort.
working by the waterside:
waterside police.
Origin of waterside
1325-75; Middle English; see water, side1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He at once jumped out of the window—the inn was by the waterside—and swam to another part of the shore.

  • She keeps asking mother to take her down to the waterside and the fish market.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • As we crossed towards the Captain's house, we met a couple of great Doones lounging by the waterside.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
  • The light-footed Caribs were swiftly gliding to their tasks at the waterside.

  • Leaving their lanterns and instruments in the belfry they retraced their steps along the waterside track.

  • I picked you up by the waterside, like a starving cat—by God.

  • Enquire at the waterside who is likely to have one at liberty.

  • Dark and impenetrable at night, like the face of a forest, is the London waterside.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • One evening, returning from the waterside, being slightly tipsy, he had entered the music hall.

    An Iceland Fisherman Pierre Loti
  • There were no cottages on the hills; there were no fish-flakes and stages by the waterside.

    Billy Topsail & Company Norman Duncan
British Dictionary definitions for waterside


  1. the area of land beside a body of water
  2. (as modifier): waterside houses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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