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Meaning of beside

be•side

Pronunciation: (bi-sīd'), [key]
— prep.
  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).
  5. 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.
—adv.
  1. along the side of something: The family rode in the carriage, and the dog ran along beside.
  2. besides (def. 2).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.