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Definition: To choose sides
(s[imac]d), n. [AS. s[=i]de; akin to D. zijde, G.
seite, OHG. s[=i]ta, Icel. s[=i]?a, Dan. side, Sw. sida; cf.
AS. s[=i]d large, spacious, Icel. s[=i]?r long, hanging.]
1. The margin, edge, verge, or border of a surface;
especially (when the thing spoken of is somewhat oblong in
shape), one of the longer edges as distinguished from the
shorter edges, called ends; a bounding line of a
geometrical figure; as, the side of a field, of a square
or triangle, of a river, of a road, etc.
3. Any outer portion of a thing considered apart from, and
yet in relation to, the rest; as, the upper side of a
sphere; also, any part or position viewed as opposite to
or contrasted with another; as, this or that side.
Looking round on every side beheld
A pathless desert. --Milton.
(a) One of the halves of the body, of an animals or man,
on either side of the mesial plane; or that which
pertains to such a half; as, a side of beef; a side of
(b) The right or left part of the wall or trunk of the
body; as, a pain in the side.
One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his
side. --John xix.
5. A slope or declivity, as of a hill, considered as opposed
to another slope over the ridge.
Along the side of yon small hill. --Milton.
6. The position of a person or party regarded as opposed to
another person or party, whether as a rival or a foe; a
body of advocates or partisans; a party; hence, the
interest or cause which one maintains against another; a
doctrine or view opposed to another.
God on our side, doubt not of victory. --Shak.
We have not always been of the . . . same side in
Sets the passions on the side of truth. --Pope.
7. A line of descent traced through one parent as
distinguished from that traced through another.
To sit upon thy father David's throne,
By mother's side thy father. --Milton.
8. Fig.: Aspect or part regarded as contrasted with some
other; as, the bright side of poverty.
By the side of
, close at hand; near to.
. (Fort.) See Exterior
, and Illust. of
(Fort.), the line drawn from the center of
one bastion to that of the next, or the line curtain
produced to the two oblique radii in front. --H. L. Scott.
Side by side
, close together and abreast; in company or
To choose sides
, to select those who shall compete, as in a
game, on either side.
To take sides
, to attach one's self to, or give assistance
to, one of two opposing sides or parties.
, v. t. [imp. Chose
; p. p. Chosen
(Obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. Choosing
.] [OE. chesen, cheosen,
AS. ce['o]san; akin to OS. kiosan, D. kiezen, G. kiesen,
Icel. kj[=o]sa, Goth. kiusan, L. gustare to taste, Gr. ?,
Skr. jush to enjoy. [root]46. Cf. Choice
, 2d Gust
1. To make choice of; to select; to take by way of preference
from two or more objects offered; to elect; as, to choose
the least of two evils.
Choose me for a humble friend. --Pope.
2. To wish; to desire; to prefer. [Colloq.]
The landlady now returned to know if we did not
choose a more genteel apartment. --Goldsmith.
To choose sides
. See under Side
Syn: Syn. - To select; prefer; elect; adopt; follow.
Usage: To Choose
. To choose is the
generic term, and denotes to take or fix upon by an
act of the will, especially in accordance with a
decision of the judgment. To prefer is to choose or
favor one thing as compared with, and more desirable
than, another, or more in accordance with one's tastes
and feelings. To elect is to choose or select for some
office, employment, use, privilege, etc., especially
by the concurrent vote or voice of a sufficient number
of electors. To choose a profession; to prefer private
life to a public one; to elect members of Congress.