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BESI'DE, prep. [be and side, by the side.]

1. At the side of a person or thing; near; as, sit down beside me, or beside the stream.

2. Over and above; distinct from.

Beside all this, between us and you, there is a great gulf fixed. Luke 16.

3. On one side; out of the regular course or order; not according to, but not contrary.

It is beside my present business to enlarge upon this speculation.

4. Out of; in a state deviating from; as, to put one beside his patience. Hence,

5. With the reciprocal pronoun, beside one's self is out of the wits or senses; out of the order of reason, or of rational beings.

Paul, thou are beside thyself. Act 26.



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BESI'DE, prep. [be and side, by the side.]

1. At the side of a person or thing; near; as, sit down beside me, or beside the stream.

2. Over and above; distinct from.

Beside all this, between us and you, there is a great gulf fixed. Luke 16.

3. On one side; out of the regular course or order; not according to, but not contrary.

It is beside my present business to enlarge upon this speculation.

4. Out of; in a state deviating from; as, to put one beside his patience. Hence,

5. With the reciprocal pronoun, beside one's self is out of the wits or senses; out of the order of reason, or of rational beings.

Paul, thou are beside thyself. Act 26.

BE-SIDE', prep. [be and side, by the side.]

  1. At the side of a person or thing; near; as, sit down beside me, or beside the stream.
  2. Over and above; distinct from. Beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed. – Luke xvi.
  3. On one side; out of the regular course or order; not according to, but not contrary. It is beside my present business to enlarge upon this speculation. – Locke.
  4. Out of; in a state deviating from; as, to put one beside his patience. Hence,
  5. With the reciprocal pronoun, beside one's self is out of the wits or senses; out of the order of reason, or of rational beings. Paul, thou art beside thyself. – Acts xxvi.

Be*side"
  1. At the side of; on one side of.

    "Beside him hung his bow." Milton.
  2. Aside from; out of the regular course or order of; in a state of deviation from; out of.

    [You] have done enough
    To put him quite beside his patience.
    Shak.

  3. Over and above; distinct from; in addition to.

    [In this use besides is now commoner.]

    Wise and learned men beside those whose names are in the Christian records.
    Addison.

    To be beside one's self, to be out of one's wits or senses.

    Paul, thou art beside thyself. Acts xxvi. 24.

    Syn. -- Beside, Besides. These words, whether used as prepositions or adverbs, have been considered strictly synonymous, from an early period of our literature, and have been freely interchanged by our best writers. There is, however, a tendency, in present usage, to make the following distinction between them: 1. That beside be used only and always as a preposition, with the original meaning "by the side of; " as, to sit beside a fountain; or with the closely allied meaning "aside from", "apart from", or "out of"; as, this is beside our present purpose; to be beside one's self with joy. The adverbial sense to be wholly transferred to the cognate word. 2. That besides, as a preposition, take the remaining sense "in addition to", as, besides all this; besides the considerations here offered. "There was a famine in the land besides the first famine." Gen. xxvi. 1. And that it also take the adverbial sense of "moreover", "beyond", etc., which had been divided between the words; as, besides, there are other considerations which belong to this case. The following passages may serve to illustrate this use of the words: --

    Lovely Thais sits beside thee.
    Dryden.

    Only be patient till we have appeased
    The multitude, beside themselves with fear.

    Shak.

    It is beside my present business to enlarge on this speculation.
    Locke.

    Besides this, there are persons in certain situations who are expected to be charitable.
    Bp. Porteus.

    And, besides, the Moor
    May unfold me to him; there stand I in much peril.

    Shak.

    That man that does not know those things which are of necessity for him to know is but an ignorant man, whatever he may know besides.
    Tillotson.

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Beside

BESI'DE, preposition [be and side, by the side.]

1. At the side of a person or thing; near; as, sit down beside me, or beside the stream.

2. Over and above; distinct from.

Beside all this, between us and you, there is a great gulf fixed. Luke 16:26.

3. On one side; out of the regular course or order; not according to, but not contrary.

It is beside my present business to enlarge upon this speculation.

4. Out of; in a state deviating from; as, to put one beside his patience. Hence,

5. With the reciprocal pronoun, beside one's self is out of the wits or senses; out of the order of reason, or of rational beings.

Paul, thou are beside thyself. Acts 26:24.

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