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

    • ‘The sidebar discusses some of the commonly applicable issues and their relevance to each of the two technologies.’
    • ‘It's there in my sidebar, under ‘Disclosures & Assertions’ and on the ethics page itself.’
    • ‘Rather than offering a balanced analysis, the author's main focus is on scandals, which are enhanced with sidebars and pejorative human-interest stories.’
    • ‘See the sidebar for a brief discussion of some questions to ask your outsourcing partner.’
    • ‘The sidebar on their newsroom page lists such current news stories as.’
    • ‘See the accompanying sidebar for options, and be sure to check out the new offerings in this fall's PD catalogue.’
    • ‘To help maintain interest, each chapter contains a short, informative sidebar.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More lengthy background material is handled in sidebars.’
    • ‘Well-captioned graphs, short sidebars with financial and market statistics, and fully explained photos make the editorial sections a pleasant read.’
    • ‘Glassman then quickly shifts the terms of discussion, managing both terminology shifts my sidebar describes in just six words.’
    • ‘In the sidebar you can choose your news by continent and area of interest.’
    • ‘The sidebar includes a brief summary of all ten strategies, and a few are highlighted here.’
    • ‘More resources are provided in the sidebar on page 19.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 sidebar for some general descriptions on what the coordinators should be willing to commit to do.’
    • ‘A short sidebar explored how many people were going online to discuss the bombing.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 favorite folders and other tools’
      • ‘I'll add it to my blogroll in the sidebar.’
      • ‘The sidebar has a list of the people displayed on the map, clicking on the username brings you to the person's profile.’
      • ‘When you search another search engine, such as Google, it also runs a Lycos search in the sidebar.’
      • ‘I'm working on an RSS feed to add to the sidebar with all online dating industry news.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2A secondary, additional, or incidental thing; a side issue.
      • ‘As a sidebar to that story we tabbed our 10 top coaches.’
      • ‘The decisions of Payton and Malone, who both have the option of returning to L.A., are mere sidebars to the main plot.’
      • ‘Incidentally, as a sidebar, the arms deals provide vital levers of control in terms of spare parts supplies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a sidebar to her main report, Four Corners reporter Liz Jackson was told this story in Washington.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sidebar poll closes at midnight on Monday, 20 December.’
      • ‘There's some back and forth about whether that analysis will warrant a sidebar or a full-blown story.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Let me pause here briefly to indicate the main implication of this sidebar on film history for the larger trajectory of my argument.’
    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.’