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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Nevertheless, the fairy-tale aspect of wearing couture is a glorious sidebar to my career. Nicole Kidman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nicole Kidman Reveals the Dress That Changed Her Life (At Least for One Night)," 25 July 2019 After a brief sidebar to discuss logistics, Leinenweber ruled that Kelly must be taken to New York for his arraignment there on Aug. 2. Jason Meisner,, "Prosecutors seek protective order on evidence, hint at additional charges, defendants in R. Kelly case," 24 July 2019 There are two exceptions to this, though: running down the left side of your iPad’s screen is a sidebar that includes modifier keys (command, option, control, and shift) and an undo button. Chris Welch, The Verge, "macOS Catalina first look: goodbye iTunes, hello iPad apps on Mac," 24 June 2019 The section is coming to smart TVs, streaming devices, and game consoles around the world today, and it’s located on the app’s sidebar. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Netflix’s TV app can now remind you when new shows are released," 20 Aug. 2019 The Midnight Madness sidebar of gore and zombie pics will feature a world premiere of Richard Stanley’s H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out of Space, which Cage toplines, and Takashi Miike’s Japanese action-comedy First Love. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Nicolas Cage's 'Color Out of Space,' Bryce Dallas Howard's 'Dads' Join Toronto Fest Lineup," 8 Aug. 2019 Holmstén reports to chief content officer Dawn Ostroff, who is spearheading the podcast push (see sidebar). Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Jobs of Tomorrow: Spotify's Nick Holmstén on Why the Streaming Giant and Its Algorithm Are Good for Business," 27 June 2019 Meacham wrote the main text, and McGraw analyzed pivotal songs in sidebars throughout the book. Sam Gillette,, "Tim McGraw and Jon Meacham Talk Songs of America — and What to Expect from Their Ongoing Book Tour," 11 June 2019 To sync your music collection on a Mac to your iPhone, connect the device to the computer, go to sidebar in the Finder, and click on the name of your handset (e.g. Edward’s iPhone). Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "Where's my Apple Music and your other WWDC questions answered," 6 June 2019

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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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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

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