noun

North american
  • 1A short article in a newspaper or magazine placed alongside a main article and containing additional or explanatory material.

    ‘useful sidebars spotlight personnel or historical background’
    [as modifier] ‘some kind of sidebar story’
    • ‘The sidebar on their newsroom page lists such current news stories as.’
    • ‘More resources are provided in the sidebar on page 19.’
    • ‘See the sidebar for a brief discussion of some questions to ask your outsourcing partner.’
    • ‘Well-captioned graphs, short sidebars with financial and market statistics, and fully explained photos make the editorial sections a pleasant read.’
    • ‘See sidebar for some general descriptions on what the coordinators should be willing to commit to do.’
    • ‘It's there in my sidebar, under ‘Disclosures & Assertions’ and on the ethics page itself.’
    • ‘He gets 12 or 13 citations a month, usually quotes or sidebars inserted into China-dominated news packages about Sino-Japanese political or historical issues.’
    • ‘Glassman then quickly shifts the terms of discussion, managing both terminology shifts my sidebar describes in just six words.’
    • ‘The sidebar includes a brief summary of all ten strategies, and a few are highlighted here.’
    • ‘Rather than offering a balanced analysis, the author's main focus is on scandals, which are enhanced with sidebars and pejorative human-interest stories.’
    • ‘More lengthy background material is handled in sidebars.’
    • ‘In the sidebar you can choose your news by continent and area of interest.’
    • ‘To help maintain interest, each chapter contains a short, informative sidebar.’
    • ‘The sidebar on the main page shows a list of all reviews on the site, sorted by type (books, films, et al.) and star rating.’
    • ‘A short sidebar explored how many people were going online to discuss the bombing.’
    • ‘To its credit, the Great Falls Leader devoted a front-page sidebar to the collapse of the dam on Birch Creek, offering chilling eyewitness descriptions of the wall of water that swept down the valley.’
    • ‘His introduction offers a winning format: the book is filled with hundreds of photos, organized as sidebars to help illustrate the discussion of the New Testaments content and the views of its chief interpreters.’
    • ‘The sidebar discusses some of the commonly applicable issues and their relevance to each of the two technologies.’
    • ‘In the contents page, they're referred to as ‘zombies of the cellular realm,’ and there's a great sidebar to the story about how viruses in the ocean bring dead cells back to life.’
    • ‘See the accompanying sidebar for options, and be sure to check out the new offerings in this fall's PD catalogue.’
    1. 1.1Computing
      (in a graphical user interface) a narrow vertical area that is located alongside the main display area, typically containing related information or navigation options.
      ‘Windows Explorer's sidebar is a great place to house shortcuts to your favourite folders and other tools’
      • ‘I'm working on an RSS feed to add to the sidebar with all online dating industry news.’
      • ‘When you search another search engine, such as Google, it also runs a Lycos search in the sidebar.’
      • ‘You can expand on this all you want with extra toolbars and sidebars available for your perusal, but the clean approach keeps it very simple to use.’
      • ‘The sidebar has a list of the people displayed on the map, clicking on the username brings you to the person's profile.’
      • ‘I'll add it to my blogroll in the sidebar.’
    2. 1.2A secondary, additional, or incidental thing; a side issue.
      ‘nut collecting has become a commercial sidebar to most black walnut plantations’
      [as modifier] ‘one of the festival's sidebar series’
      • ‘The decisions of Payton and Malone, who both have the option of returning to L.A., are mere sidebars to the main plot.’
      • ‘Let me pause here briefly to indicate the main implication of this sidebar on film history for the larger trajectory of my argument.’
      • ‘As a sidebar to that story we tabbed our 10 top coaches.’
      • ‘Believing that music should be free, man, a groundswell of penny-pinching hippies forced the promoter to provide free concerts as a sidebar to the festival.’
      • ‘In a sidebar to the story, it turns out that six of the top ten grossing documentaries have come out in the last two years.’
      • ‘As an interesting sidebar to this story, if you're American you may wonder why pennies don't jingle in your pocket these days the way they used to.’
      • ‘When they told me about him, I was crossing my fingers hoping he was from Seattle because it would have been a great sidebar for my series, but he wasn't.’
      • ‘In a sidebar to her main report, Four Corners reporter Liz Jackson was told this story in Washington.’
      • ‘The sidebar poll closes at midnight on Monday, 20 December.’
      • ‘Basically, if I don't really watch it and keep the agenda on track, the whole thing could unravel and create a black hole of sidebar conversations from which the meeting will never recover.’
      • ‘Incidentally, as a sidebar, the arms deals provide vital levers of control in terms of spare parts supplies.’
      • ‘There's some back and forth about whether that analysis will warrant a sidebar or a full-blown story.’
    3. 1.3(in a court of law) a discussion between the lawyers and the judge held out of earshot of the jury.
      • ‘Is this a sidebar conference on something the attorney general has so authoritatively stated his position on?’
      • ‘In a day filled with numerous sidebars requested by the Assistant District Attorney Thomas, Smith maintained her innocence and asserted that Laura Jones could not have committed the crime.’
      • ‘It's not a question to be decided by the Supreme Court and certainly not an issue to be decided in a sidebar on a case about the First Amendment.’

Pronunciation:

sidebar

/ˈsʌɪdbɑː/