side·​bar | \ ˈsīd-ˌbär How to pronounce sidebar (audio) \

Definition of sidebar

1a : a short news story or graphic accompanying and presenting sidelights of a major story
b : something incidental : sidelight a sidebar to the essay's central theme
2 : a conference between the judge, the lawyers, and sometimes the parties to a case that the jury does not hear

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Examples of sidebar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cory Booker needled Ted Cruz playfully with a vegan joke, a sidebar was convened to discuss the ethical conduct of the Houston Astros, and Dianne Feinstein thanked Lindsey Graham for his chairmanship at the hearings’ close before giving him a hug. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "Why the Senators Don’t Hate Each Other," 20 Oct. 2020 Of course, the other big sidebar was that Saban could be on the sideline at all Saturday. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: No reason to believe Alabama-Georgia II will end differently, nine other takeaways from Week 7," 18 Oct. 2020 Select Apple apps in iPadOS now feature a sidebar for easier navigation, making better use of the larger screen. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "Apple's iOS and iPadOS 14 Have Dropped. Here's What’s New," 16 Sep. 2020 Scientists are also pursuing practical applications, exploring the potential of cable and nanowire bacteria to battle pollution and power electronic devices (see sidebar below). Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "‘Electric mud’ teems with new, mysterious bacteria," 19 Aug. 2020 The Opera browser already includes a sidebar with links to several messaging apps. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Opera integrates Twitter into new Opera 69 browser," 24 June 2020 And, sidebar, does anyone even see how that’s an option considering the contracts for these games? Joseph Goodman |, al, "Facing a crisis, wealthy SEC has more to worry about than itself," 11 July 2020 The current version of iPadOS has the Today View sidebar that can be locked on the left side of the main home screen, which stays the same in iPadOS 14. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Customization and enhanced privacy are our favorite features of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14," 9 July 2020 To do so, click the three-dot icon at the bottom of the sidebar, then click Twitter in the Messengers section. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Opera integrates Twitter into new Opera 69 browser," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of sidebar

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of sidebar was in 1928

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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sidebar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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side·​bar | \ ˈsīd-ˌbär How to pronounce sidebar (audio) \

Legal Definition of sidebar

: sidebar conference had failed to request a sidebar before injecting the collateral offense into the trialDockery v. State, 659 So. 2d 219 (1994) also : the place near or before the bench where a sidebar conference takes place the judge informed both attorneys…that they…could stand at sidebar while questions were posed Commonwealth v. Urena, 632 N.E.2d 1200 (1994) — compare bench, stand

Other Words from sidebar

sidebar adjective

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