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1Printing. A thin piece of wood placed at the side of a page in a forme when it is imposed so as to secure it and produce a margin at the side of the printed page. Compare "reglet". Now chiefly historical.
2Aeronautics. In an aircraft: a control column situated to one side of the pilot's seat. More fully "side-stick controller".
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Joseph Moxon (1627–1691), printer and globe maker. From side + stick.
side stick/ˈsʌɪd stɪk/
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