- an old Roman or pre-Roman road: Icknield Way.
- a minor street in a town: He lives in Stepney Way.
- ways, two or more ground ways down which a hull slides in being launched.
- movement or passage through the water.
- by the route of; through; via.
- as a method or means of: to number articles by way of distinguishing them.
- British. in the state or position of (being, doing, etc.); ostensibly: He is by way of being an authority on the subject.
- to withdraw or retreat: The army gave way before the advance of the enemy.
- to collapse; yield; break down: You will surely give way under the strain of overwork.
- to yield to: He gave way to their entreaties.
- to become unrestrained or uninhibited; lose control of (one's temper, emotions, etc.): I gave way to my rage and ordered them from the house.
- to do completely or wholeheartedly.
- to take a decisive action, especially one from which no retreat is possible: Neither side wants to go all the way with nuclear warfare.
- to engage in sexual intercourse.
- to go along a course in advance of others, as a guide.
- to take the initiative; be first or most prominent: In fashion she has always led the way.
- to go forward; proceed: to make one's way through the mud.
- to achieve recognition or success; advance: to make one's way in the world.
- to allow to pass; clear the way: Make way for the king!
- to relinquish to another; withdraw: He resigned to make way for a younger man.
- Nautical. to make forward or astern progress even though engines are not running.
- in a state or condition so as not to obstruct or hinder.
- dealt with; disposed of: I feel better, now that one problem is out of the way.
- murdered: to have a person put out of the way.
- out of the frequented way; at a distance from the usual route.
- improper; amiss: There was something decidedly out of the way about her explanation.
- extraordinary; unusual: Such behavior was out of the way for him.
Origin of way1
British Dictionary definitions for by way of
- a means or line of passage, such as a path or track
- (in combination)waterway
- a street in or leading out of a town
- (capital when part of a street name)Icknield Way
- serving asby way of introduction
- in the state or condition ofby way of being an artist
- to collapse or break down
- to withdraw or yield
- to step aside for or stop for
- to give full rein to (emotions, etc)
- to go first
- to set an example or precedent
- to proceed or advance
- to achieve success in life
- becoming unfashionable, obsolete, etc
- removed or dealt with so as to be no longer a hindrance
- unusual and sometimes improper
- at a considerable distance or extentway over yonder
- very farthey're way up the mountain
Word Origin for way
Word Origin and History for by way of
Old English weg "road, path, course of travel," from Proto-Germanic *wegaz (cf. Old Saxon, Dutch weg, Old Norse vegr, Old Frisian wei, Old High German weg, German Weg, Gothic wigs "way"), from PIE *wegh- "to move" (see weigh). Most of the extended senses developed in Middle English. Adverbial meaning "very, extremely" is by 1986, perhaps from phrase all the way. Ways and means "resources at a person's disposal" is attested from early 15c. Way-out (adj.) "original, bold," is jazz slang, first recorded 1940s. Encouragement phrase way to go is short for that's the way to go.
Idioms and Phrases with by way of (1 of 2)
by way of
Through, via, as in I'm flying to Australia by way of Hawaii. [Mid-1400s]
As a means of, as in He paid our fares by way of apology. [Late 1300s]
Idioms and Phrases with by way of (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with way
- way the wind blows, which
- way to go
- all the way
- by the way
- by way of
- can't punch one's way out of a paper bag
- come a long way
- come one's way
- cut both ways
- downhill all the way
- every which way
- feel one's way
- find one's way
- from way back
- get one's way
- give way
- go all the way
- go a long way toward
- go one's way
- go out of one's way
- go the way of all flesh
- hard way
- have a way with
- have it both ways
- have one's way with
- in a bad way
- in a big way
- in a way
- in one's way
- in the family way
- in the way
- in the worst way
- know all the answers (one's way around)
- laugh all the way to the bank
- lead the way
- look the other way
- make one's way
- make way
- mend one's ways
- more than one way to skin a cat
- not built that way
- no two ways about it
- no way
- one way or another
- on one's way
- on the way
- on the way out
- other way round
- out of the way
- parting of the ways
- pave the way
- pay one's way
- pick one's way
- put in the way of
- right of way
- rub the wrong way
- see one's way to
- set in one's ways
- show the way
- take the wrong way
- that's how (the way) the ball bounces
- under way
- wend one's way
- work one's way