(adv.) so as to pass a given point; 'every hour a train goes past'.

Typist: Toni--From WordNet


(pref.) In the neighborhood of; near or next to; not far from; close to; along with; as, come and sit by me.

(pref.) On; along; in traversing. Compare 5.

(pref.) Near to, while passing; hence, from one to the other side of; past; as, to go by a church.

(pref.) Used in specifying adjacent dimensions; as, a cabin twenty feet by forty.

(pref.) Against.

(pref.) With, as means, way, process, etc.; through means of; with aid of; through; through the act or agency of; as, a city is destroyed by fire; profit is made by commerce; to take by force.

(adv.) Near; in the neighborhood; present; as, there was no person by at the time.

(adv.) Passing near; going past; past; beyond; as, the procession has gone by; a bird flew by.

(adv.) Aside; as, to lay by; to put by.

(a.) Out of the common path; aside; -- used in composition, giving the meaning of something aside, secondary, or incidental, or collateral matter, a thing private or avoiding notice; as, by-line, by-place, by-play, by-street. It was formerly more freely used in composition than it is now; as, by-business, by-concernment, by-design, by-interest, etc.

Checker: Valerie

Synonyms and Synonymous

prep. [1]. Through (as the cause, or the remote agent), WITH, by the agency of, by means of, by dint of.[2]. At, on, by way of.[3]. From, according to.[4]. Near to, close by.[5]. Past.[6]. Along, over.

ad. Near.

Inputed by Gerard


prep. at the side of: near to: through denoting the agent cause means &c.—adv. near: passing near: in presence of: aside away.—adv. By′-and-by soon presently.—ns. By′-blow a side blow: an illegitimate child; By′-cor′ner an out-of-the-way place; By′-drink′ing (Shak.) drinking between meals; By′-elec′tion a parliamentary election during the sitting of parliament: By′-end a subsidiary aim; By′-form a form of a word slightly varying from it; By′-gō′ing the action of passing by esp. In the by-going.—adj. By′gone.—ns. By′-lane a side lane or passage out of the common road; By′-mō′tive an unavowed motive; By′name a nickname; By′-pass′age a side passage.—adj. By′-past (Shak.) past: gone by.—ns. By′path a side path; By′-place a retired place; By′play a scene carried on subordinate to and apart from the main part of the play; By′-prō′duct an accessory product resulting from some specific process or manufacture; By′road a retired side road; By′room (Shak.) a side or private room; By′-speech a casual speech; By′stander one who stands by or near one—hence a looker-on; By′-street an obscure street; By′-thing a thing of minor importance; By′-time leisure time; By′way a private and obscure way; By′word a common saying: a proverb: an object of common derision; By′work work for leisure hours.—By-the-by By the way in passing.—Let bygones be bygones let the past alone.

n. anything of minor importance a side issue a thing not directly aimed at: the condition of being odd as opposed to even the state of being left without a competitor as in tennis &c.: in cricket a run stolen by the batsman on the ball passing the wicket-keeper and long-stop the batsman not having struck the ball.—By-the-bye or -by incidentally by the way.

Editor: Megan


Editor: Megan


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