side·​bar | \ˈsīd-ˌbär \

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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Documents displayed this way can also have their metadata displayed in a sidebar rather than having to call up a separate Info window. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple announces macOS 10.14 “Mojave”," 4 June 2018 White discussed the evaluations with attorneys on Tuesday, but their conversation was entirely in a sidebar. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Scott Nelson not fit for trial in woman's Winter Park kidnap and killing, doctor says," 1 June 2018 App makers may have to do some extra coding, though, around things like menus and sidebars in apps, such as making a Mac app sidebar translucent or making share buttons a part of the toolbar. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "Apple's Software Chief Details How iOS Apps Will Run on Macs," 5 June 2018 Google plans to add a similar sidebar to other G Suite apps too. David Pierce, WSJ, "The New Gmail: More Smarts, More Security...More Clutter," 25 Apr. 2018 The company also introduced updates to its Apple News app, introducing a Browse tab and a navigational sidebar on tablets. Dan Rys, Billboard, "Stream Apple's WWDC 2018 Keynote Presentation Here," 4 June 2018 The Trending sidebar, located on the right-hand side on desktop, displays popular topics users are discussing across the site. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Facebook Is Killing Trending Topics," 1 June 2018 In particular, its right-side sidebar system looks a lot more like the upcoming Fluent Design System aesthetic than like anything on the current Xbox One dashboard. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Former Microsoft designer leaks likely future of Windows and Xbox “avatars”," 17 Apr. 2018 As part of a Gmail redesign expected soon, Google is adding a new Confidential Mode as well as a sidebar that will display the calendar next to email messages, according to a report. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Report: Google's Gmail will soon include a time-limited Confidential Mode, UI redesign," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sidebar

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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side·​bar | \ˈsīd-ˌbär \

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

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