Definition of side-on in English:



  • With the side of someone or something towards something else.

    ‘the ship was wallowing side-on to the swell’
    • ‘I stopped talking, stopped walking… he was standing side-on… still talking to me on the phone.’
    • ‘He turned side-on, looking at the reflection of his upper arm.’
    • ‘Since we were side-on to each other, it took some time to register that the painted nails and long, greasy ringlets of hair were attached to a man.’
    • ‘Mr Birch explained that he wanted the dwelling sited as he proposed in order to incorporate accommodation for his father and to have a private garden to the rear rather than side-on to Washbrook Lane.’
    • ‘The partnership was finally broken by a underhand throw from Hanif at cover point, disturbing the wickets from side-on.’
    • ‘It is an imposing car in side-on view, with a longer wheelbase.’
    • ‘He quickly spun his car round and left it side-on to the traffic to protect the injured man from being hit by passing vehicles.’
    • ‘She gave me a funny little twisted smile, which I could only see side-on, then she went inside the house and I didn't see her again until after lunch.’
    • ‘I used to be classed as a mixed-action bowler, which means the lower half of my body was predominantly front-on, with the top half side-on.’
    • ‘My position was side-on from the serving counter and they hadn't noticed me standing there staring at them.’
    • ‘Ian McGeechan long preached that once you have forced an opponent to tackle you side-on, you have made a half opening - always assuming the man running off the ball knows his stuff.’
    • ‘Her father went off with his buddies to play a round of eighteen, and she went on her own to the benches on the side of the range, so she had a side-on view of seeing people just whacking buckets of balls.’
    • ‘It then turned side-on to me and revealed itself as an adult male Peregrine!’
    • ‘He peeked through the door and saw Miranda standing side-on to the full-length mirror, scowling at her reflection.’
    • ‘Corona Fire was turning side-on to the two larger ships that were chasing her.’
    • ‘I turned the car as hard as I could to get side-on and avoid it, but we were clipped by the front off-side wheels of the lorry.’
    • ‘After avoiding a series of jabs, Lewis was standing side-on when Rahman threw that final devastating right.’
    • ‘Standing side-on, in front of her dressing table and gazing at herself in the mirror, she was wearing one of the nicest bikinis I had ever seen.’
    • ‘When photographing a John Dory I have usually tried to get the standard side-on profile shot.’
    • ‘But other photos, often taken side-on, catch her looking open, cheery and radiant.’


  • 1Directed from or towards a side.

    ‘a shot of the crowd from the side-on camera’
    • ‘The side-on stance is commonly recommended, as it enables the batsman to play shots on either side of the wicket.’
    • ‘Hence, we take the side-on configuration to represent an adsorbed protein, and the end-on configuration of a single protein represents the inserted species.’
    • ‘Modern biomechanical studies have revealed that the side-on technique might not actually be beneficial as this method, if not practiced to perfection, might actually end up putting more stress on the back.’
    • ‘Tall, muscular, almost freakishly strong in the arms, he developed into a murderous but essentially orthodox batsman and a slow-medium bowler with a textbook side-on action.’
    • ‘It would all have been so different if Dudgeon's side-on volley on the stroke of half-time from a Dunning corner had gone an inch lower instead of thundering into the crossbar.’
    • ‘A spectacular side-on picture best illustrates the new elephants' unusual bodily characteristics.’
    • ‘The point is brilliantly grasped in Bob Crowley's design, which offers a side-on view of a porticoed verandah with rotting pillars and a peeling ceiling inscribed with the Union flag.’
    • ‘Images of side-on views confirmed our earlier impression that the morphology of the overproduced rotors was qualitatively similar to that seen for native rotors.’
    • ‘The protein coverage was assessed by a side-on adsorption (motivated by the central position of the His-tag in the protein) of closed packed ellipsoids.’
    • ‘The bulk of them will draw a one dimensional, side-on view.’
    • ‘James Simpson-Daniel, his opposite number, was nowhere to be seen, so it was left to Robinson to cover across and, tough as he is, there is no way he could have stopped the New Zealand giant with a side-on tackle.’
    1. 1.1 (of a collision) involving the side of a vehicle.
      • ‘Russian tank commanders also quickly learned that if they attacked a Tiger side-on, its armour was thinner and more vulnerable.’
      • ‘Teacher Rosemary Fenney died when Mr Fitz-gerald's ambulance went through a red light and crashed into her Peugeot 206 side-on in October 2002.’
      • ‘Dave said: ‘Justin had just been telling me how he was going to go vegetarian but wanted just one last burger so we pulled into a Happy Eater when a lorry came side-on.’’
      • ‘The Dodo Racing Commodore hit a trackside kerb side-on, pitching the car into a violent series of rolls at a speed estimated to be 160 km/h.’
      • ‘Passenger, Miss Makinson, suffered fatal injuries as a a result of the side-on impact of the collision.’
      • ‘Testers calculated that a driver would be unlikely to survive a head-on collision at 40 mph, and in a side-on collision at 30 mph the driver would suffer severe head and chest injuries due to a lack of side protection.’
      • ‘The Consumers' Association and the AA Motoring Trust believe the test should be made more realistic by increasing the speed and including what would happen in a side-on crash.’
      • ‘All of a sudden, a cow appeared in my headlights and while I tried to avoid it I hit it side-on and was trapped for a couple of hours.’
      • ‘The idea is to get into the side-on position before the shuttle arrives, and to force you to play overhead backhand shots around the head.’
      • ‘Mandatory crash tests were introduced in 1998 and include a head-on impact at 35 mph and a side-on impact at 30 mph.’
      • ‘The taxi they were travelling in was struck side-on at speed when Robinson failed to give way at the junction of Haworth Avenue and Swain House Road.’
      • ‘While I don't want to stint on my daughter's safety - I have every intention of buying a car that can take a side-on collision from a Tomahawk missile - I am constantly amazed at the precautions we must take these days.’
      • ‘Mrs Meeres, who was a passenger in the Land Rover Discovery, said: ‘As we approached the bad left-hand bend a car flew side-on like a torpedo.’’
      • ‘He was unable to avoid the collision as the car, still side-on, struck the front of his vehicle.’
      • ‘Robin David Lewis, aged 24, from Long Marston, had to be cut free from his blue Renault Megane after it was hit side-on by a blue Peugeot 306.’
      • ‘Apparently the pilot's reflexes left something to be desired and the hovercraft crashed side-on into a large rock, blossoming into a ball of flame.’
      • ‘The bastard declined to indicate or, indeed, use his mirror (which became, ahem, detached in the confrontation) and drove into me, side-on.’
      • ‘The horrific effect of being hit side-on by a big SUV was shown on a recent episode of the Ten Network drama, The Guardian.’
      • ‘The freight driver realised his mistake and brought his train to a halt, said the report, which added that ‘a low speed, side-on collision could have resulted’.’
      • ‘The Which team ran crash tests on cars using dummies in the seats to test the protection they offered against a head-on crash and a side-on crash, but at higher forces than the EU standards require.’