sidle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v sidle move sideways
    • v sidle move unobtrusively or furtively "The young man began to sidle near the pretty girl sitting on the log"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Sidle To go or move with one side foremost; to move sidewise; as, to sidle through a crowd or narrow opening. "He . . . then sidled close to the astonished girl."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sidle To move sidewise or obliquely; edge along slowly or with effort; go aslant, as while looking in another direction.
    • sidle To saunter idly about in no particular direction.
    • sidle To cause to move in a sidling manner; direct the course of sidewise.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Sidle to go or move side-foremost
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Side
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. síde; Ger. seite, Dut. zijde.

Usage

In literature:

Accordingly, instead of loved Jonathan, sidled up to her the loathsome Simon.
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
I heard a crackling in the brush, and my horse proceeded, sidling and snorting past the spot.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Then he sidle up close and stuck dat cotton 'tween old Bab's toes.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
And Fao sidled over toward Belle.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
He sidles up to the desk, where I have my heels elevated restful, and proceeds to make some throaty noises behind his hand.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
As I expected, he sidled up to me at the first opportunity.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
One or two toadies sidled up and professed a sympathy which was more offensive than the badinage.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
Still, he let us sidle close up to him before he abandoned his craft; then with a sudden bound he sprang overboard and disappeared from view.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
Still he would not see me, but kept sidling on till I got close up to him and gave him a smart spank on his naked shoulder.
"Nat the Naturalist" by G. Manville Fenn
I had got close to him before he heard me approach, when he began to sidle off at a great rate.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

Did monstrous hippopotami come sidling toward
you in the mist?
Did gilt-scaled dragons writhe and twist with
passion as you passed them by?
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
Through frost-thick weather
This witch sidles, fingers crooked, as if
Caught in a hazardous medium that might Merely by its continuing
Attach her to heaven.
"Vanity Fair" by Sylvia Plath
From bank to ground
And over and round
They sidled along the adjoining hedge;
Sometimes to the gutter
Their yellow flutter
Would dip from the nearest slatestone ledge.
"Self- Unconscious" by Thomas Hardy
The Abbess shook off her lethargy.
"Sisters, we will walk on," said she.
Sidling away from the snowdrop bed,
The line curved forwards, the Abbess ahead.
Only Clotilde
Was the last to yield.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
Starting and shying at straws, with sidlings and plungings,
Buckings and whirlings and bolts;
Greener than grass, but full-ripe for their bridling and lungings,
Up to the yards and to Chiron they bustled the colts…
"The Centaurs" by Rudyard Kipling
I, in my intricate image, stride on two levels,
Forged in man's minerals, the brassy orator
Laying my ghost in metal,
The scales of this twin world tread on the double,
My half ghost in armour hold hard in death's corridor,
To my man-iron sidle.
"I, In My Intricate Image" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

He had maintained, to that point, a sidling and dependent semi-fame, for no very good reason.
Primitive crustacean was built for sidling in and out of crevices in reefs.
50 pm on a Wednesday, I've sidled up to the four-sided bar at Watershed on Peachtree to wait for a plate of fried chicken.
FREDERICKTOWN — Laurel June Rosen Sidle , 85, of Fredericktown, died Saturday afternoon, May 14, 2011, in The Laurels of Mount Vernon, following an extended illness.
FREDERICKTOWN — Laurel J Rosen Sidle , 85, of Fredericktown, died Saturday afternoon, May 14, 2011, in The Laurels of Mount Vernon, following an extended illness.
DANVILLE — Ronald Sidle , 64, of Walnut Street, Danville, died Sunday, Oct 3, 2010.
I sidled up to the bar and asked the woman behind it if she had any tropical cocktails.
As we were leaving the temple of Angkor Wat a boy who looked to be about 10 years old sidled up alongside us.
CENTERVILLE — Dawn Wolfer and Travis Sidles are planning a June 25 wedding at Honey Creek Resort.
The groom-elect is the son of Robert and Elise Sidles of Centerville.
If you're sidling up to a bar in Waldo this Friday night, you could stumble away with a little bit of knowledge about your drinking limits, too.
Just as I was shaping up to sidle alongside, a go-fast surges between my old convertible and the dock and hits hard reverse.
The cats sidle up and watch.
At the start of Saturday's game, hours after Stephen Strasburg was told his season would come to an early end, Mark DeRosa sidled up to him on the Nationals bench.
If your best friend sidles up to you and tells you that he or she is "as pleased as punch," then you know that person is very pleased indeed.
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In science:

Strategic Interaction Definition Language (SIDL) is based on ISOProlog, does not provide decidability and attains for example games a higher compactness [1, p.98].
If more than Analytical Modeling is Needed to Predict Real Agents' Strategic Interaction
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