sid·​ing | \ ˈsī-diŋ How to pronounce siding (audio) \

Definition of siding

1 archaic : the taking of sides : partisanship
2 : a short railroad track connected with the main track
3 : material (such as boards or metal or plastic pieces) forming the exposed surface of outside walls of frame buildings

Examples of siding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Painted siding will undoubtedly be ruined with a pressure that's too powerful. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "How to Use Your Pressure Washer Like a Pro," 8 Nov. 2019 Without fanfare, without any apparent extensive preparations for his protection, Roosevelt arrived here early in the morning of July 19, aboard his special train, which was taken to a siding at the Marine base. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: FDR’s 1944 visit to San Diego was a military secret," 11 Aug. 2019 Most tours of Chelsea start at the northeast corner of that house, where its original clapboard siding is visible along a narrow alleyway that leads to its backyard. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "When the Real Estate Mogul Tried to Supersize His $8 Million Brownstone," 7 June 2019 The three-level, Colonial Revival-style house with horizontal wood siding and louvre shutters was completed in 1951. oregonlive, "26-acre Lake Oswego estate is for sale for the first time in a half century at $8 million," 13 Nov. 2019 The wood siding was completely deteriorated from UV rays. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "This Gorgeous Utah House Could Probably Survive a Nuclear Apocalypse," 14 Oct. 2019 The Metrolink report contains a list of projects that would add tracks, signals, sidings and 15 improved highway crossings that would speed up train movements. Burbank Leader, "Metrolink proposes new trains from Burbank to Anaheim, using billions from bullet train," 9 Oct. 2019 And some of the clapboard sidings have falling off. Martin E. Comas,, "Longwood invites developers to restore historic 19th-century home: ‘It’s a wonderful thing’," 27 Sep. 2019 Sunlight glaring off the metal siding of a safe house. Azam Ahmed, New York Times, "Women Are Fleeing Death at Home. The U.S. Wants to Keep Them Out.," 18 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of siding

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Dec 2019

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“Siding.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of siding

US : long pieces of material that are used to cover the outside walls of a building
: a short railroad track that is connected with the main track


sid·​ing | \ ˈsī-diŋ \

Kids Definition of siding

1 : a short railroad track connected with the main track
2 : material (as boards or metal pieces) used to cover the outside walls of frame buildings

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