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WordNet 2.0
  • how a result is obtained or an end is achieved
  • "a means of control"
  • "an example is the best agency of instruction"
  • "the true way to success"
  • a journey or passage
  • "they are on the way"
  • a course of conduct
  • "the path of virtue"
  • "we went our separate ways"
  • "our paths in life led us apart"
  • "genius usually follows a revolutionary path"
  • any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
  • "he said he was looking for the way out"
  • how something is done or how it happens
  • "her dignified manner"
  • "his rapid manner of talking"
  • "their nomadic mode of existence"
  • "in the characteristic New York style"
  • "a lonely way of life"
  • "in an abrasive fashion"
  • the property of distance in general
  • "it''s a long way to Moscow"
  • "he went a long ways"
  • doing as one pleases or chooses
  • "if I had my way"
  • a general category of things
  • used in the expression `in the way of''
  • "they didn''t have much in the way of clothing"
  • a line leading to a place or point
  • "he looked the other direction"
  • "didn''t know the way home"
  • a portion of something divided into shares
  • "the split the loot three ways"
  • space for movement
  • "room to pass"
  • "make way for"
  • "hardly enough elbow room to turn around"
  • the condition of things generally
  • "that''s the way it is"
  • "I felt the same way"
  • to a great degree or by a great distance
  • very much (`right smart'' is regional in the United States)
  • "way over budget"
  • "way off base"
  • "the other side of the hill is right smart steeper than the side we are on"
way
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Away. [Obs. or Archaic] Chaucer.

    To do way
    to take away; to remove. [Obs.] "Do way your hands." Chaucer.

    To make way with
    to make away with. See under Away. [Archaic]

  • 1. That by, upon, or along, which one passes or processes; opportunity or room to pass; place of passing; passage; road, street, track, or path of any kind; as, they built a way to the mine. "To find the way to heaven." Shak.

    "I shall him seek by way and eke by street." -- Chaucer.

    "The way seems difficult, and steep to scale." -- Milton.

    "The season and ways were very improper for his majesty's forces to march so great a distance." -- Evelyn.

    2. Length of space; distance; interval; as, a great way; a long way.

    "And whenever the way seemed long, Or his heart began to fail." -- Longfellow.

    3. A moving; passage; procession; journey.

    "I prythee, now, lead the way." -- Shak.

    4. Course or direction of motion or process; tendency of action; advance.

    "If that way be your walk, you have not far." -- Milton.

    "And let eternal justice take the way." -- Dryden.

    5. The means by which anything is reached, or anything is accomplished; scheme; device; plan.

    "My best way is to creep under his gaberdine." -- Shak.

    "By noble ways we conquest will prepare." -- Dryden.

    "What impious ways my wishes took!" -- Prior.

    6. Manner; method; mode; fashion; style; as, the way of expressing one's ideas.

    7. Regular course; habitual method of life or action; plan of conduct; mode of dealing. "Having lost the way of nobleness." Sir. P. Sidney.

    "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace." -- Prov. iii. 17.

    "When men lived in a grander way." -- Longfellow.

    8. Sphere or scope of observation. Jer. Taylor.

    "The public ministers that fell in my way." -- Sir W. Temple.

    9. Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct; as, to have one's way.

    10. (Naut.) (a) Progress; as, a ship has way. (b) pl. The timbers on which a ship is launched.

    11. pl. (Mach.) The longitudinal guides, or guiding surfaces, on the bed of a planer, lathe, or the like, along which a table or carriage moves.

    12. (Law) Right of way. See below.

    By the way
    in passing; apropos; aside; apart from, though connected with, the main object or subject of discourse.

    By way of
    for the purpose of; as being; in character of.

    Covert way
    (Fort.) See Covered way, under Covered.

    In the family way
    See under Family.

    In the way
    so as to meet, fall in with, obstruct, hinder, etc.

    In the way with
    traveling or going with; meeting or being with; in the presence of.

    Milky way
    (Astron.) See Galaxy, 1.

    No way
    No ways
    See Noway, Noways, in the Vocabulary.

    On the way
    traveling or going; hence, in process; advancing toward completion; as, on the way to this country; on the way to success.

    Out of the way
    See under Out.

    Right of way
    (Law), a right of private passage over another's ground. It may arise either by grant or prescription. It may be attached to a house, entry, gate, well, or city lot, as well as to a country farm. Kent.

    To be under way
    or To have way
    (Naut.), to be in motion, as when a ship begins to move.

    To give way
    See under Give.

    To go one's way
    or To come one's way
    to go or come; to depart or come along. Shak.

    To go the way of all the earth
    to die.

    To make one's way
    to advance in life by one's personal efforts.

    To make way
    See under Make, v. t.

    Ways and means
    (a) Methods; resources; facilities. (b) (Legislation) Means for raising money; resources for revenue.

    Way leave
    permission to cross, or a right of way across, land; also, rent paid for such right. [Eng]

    Way of the cross
    (Eccl.), the course taken in visiting in rotation the stations of the cross. See Station, n., 7 (c).

    Way of the rounds
    (Fort.), a space left for the passage of the rounds between a rampart and the wall of a fortified town.

    Way pane
    a pane for cartage in irrigated land. See Pane, n., 4. [Prov. Eng.]

    Way passenger
    a passenger taken up, or set down, at some intermediate place between the principal stations on a line of travel.

    Ways of God
    his providential government, or his works.

    Way station
    an intermediate station between principal stations on a line of travel, especially on a railroad.

    Way train
    a train which stops at the intermediate, or way, stations; an accommodation train.

    Way warden
    the surveyor of a road.

    Syn. -- Street; highway; road. -- Way, Street, Highway, Road. Way is generic, denoting any line for passage or conveyance; a highway is literally one raised for the sake of dryness and convenience in traveling; a road is, strictly, a way for horses and carriages; a street is, etymologically, a paved way, as early made in towns and cities; and, hence, the word is distinctively applied to roads or highways in compact settlements.

    "All keep the broad highway, and take delight With many rather for to go astray." -- Spenser.

    "There is but one road by which to climb up." -- Addison.

    "When night Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine." -- Milton.

  • 1. To go or travel to; to go in, as a way or path. [Obs.] "In land not wayed." Wyclif.

  • 1. To move; to progress; to go. [R.]

    "On a time as they together wayed." -- Spenser.

 

And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.

Aeschylus
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