side·​ways | \ ˈsīd-ˌwāz How to pronounce sideways (audio) \

Definition of sideways

1 : from one side
2 : with one side forward turn sideways
3a : in a lateral direction or downward to one side hopped sideways slump sideways
b : askance look sideways at someone

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Synonyms for sideways


broadside, crabwise, edgeways [chiefly British], edgewise, sidewise

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For the 10 percent of American women who have it, the spine shifts sideways, forming an S or C shape, while rotating at the same time. Lauren Depino, Glamour, "My Scoliosis Caused Me Pain and Shame—Then It Helped Me Learn to Find Alignment," 10 Apr. 2019 The 2014 crash with another car sent Newton’s black 1998 Dodge truck tumbling sideways across a bridge over the John Belk Freeway (Interstate 277). Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Panther Cam Newton involved in traffic accident driving his Ferrari in Atlanta, TMZ reports," 6 Apr. 2018 On the way down, Maisy slipped on a loose and rocky section of trail and tumbled sideways, landing on her cheek just below her eye, which puffed up red and angry. Katie Arnold, Outside Online, "Hey, Shoe Companies, Build Better Kids' Trail Runners," 27 Mar. 2018 That’s because the Earth is moving sideways relative to the Sun at about 67,000 miles per hour, according to NASA. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch a spacecraft get blasted to the Sun tomorrow morning," 10 Aug. 2018 The escape engine is also designed to fire at an angle, moving the capsule sideways out of the path of the rocket. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Blue Origin Is About to Test Its Astronaut-Saving Emergency System," 8 Sep. 2016 Thorud may have gotten sideways with Hartley during a budget meeting last fall, where Thorud publicly disagreed with a decision to cut counselor positions. Samantha Swindler,, "When a popular principal lost his job, Clatskanie residents revolted (Commentary)," 25 Mar. 2018 The Rally Edition of the Ryker has a Rally mode that supplier Bosch developed for even more side slip so that riders can drift completely sideways on a dirt road. Ben Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "8 Cool Things About the Can-Am Ryker," 13 Nov. 2018 Both a sudden change in ear pressure (such diving into water) or direct trauma (like landing sideways on water) can cause your eardrum to rupture, Dr. Jung explains. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "7 Ear Problems That Can Mess With Your Summer," 18 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of sideways

1572, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

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The first known use of sideways was in 1572

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English Language Learners Definition of sideways

: with one side facing forward
: to or toward the right or left side
side·​ways | \ ˈsīd-ˌwāz How to pronounce sideways (audio) \

Kids Definition of sideways

1 : from one side I looked at it sideways.
2 : with one side forward a sideways position He turned sideways to let me by.
3 : to one side a sideways move The statue fell sideways.

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