byword

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n byword a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "tip" dates back to the old London coffeehouses. Conspicuously placed brass boxes etched with the inscription, "To Insure Promptness," encouraged customers to pay for efficient service. The resulting acronym, TIP, has become a byword.
    • Byword A common saying; a proverb; a saying that has a general currency. "I knew a wise man that had it for a byword ."
    • Byword The object of a contemptuous saying. "Thou makest us a byword among the heathen."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n byword A word or phrase used proverbially; especially, a saying used in mockery or disparagement; a satirical or contemptuous proverb.
    • n byword Hence An object of general reproach or condemnation; a common subject of derision or opprobrium.
    • n byword Synonyms Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Byword a common saying: a proverb: an object of common derision
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. bïword,; , E. by, + word,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bi, big; Ger. bei, L. ambi.

Usage

In literature:

The tiger hath a lovely sleek body with a furious heart; the serpent for its creeping artfulness is a byword for deceit.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
I can only say this, and it's between ourselves, the man's name is a byword for a brute and a devil.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
It had remained for the last scion of the old stock to furnish a byword for slackness.
"Ladies-In-Waiting" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
If I answer not to the voices that call me, my name will be a byword wherever the rays of the sun-God fall.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
My cause is forlorn, and my name is a byword, and now, by my own doing, I have lost my only love.
"Graham of Claverhouse" by Ian Maclaren
They should become a proverb, a byword, a hissing and a scorn.
"Why I Preach the Second Coming" by Isaac Massey Haldeman
It is an old byword that the bottle is a false consoler.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition, Vol. XII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
And so with this byword about the letter and the spirit.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But they had scattered everywhere and had been a byword in all Europe.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
His name was a byword.
"The Crow's Nest" by Clarence Day, Jr.
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In poetry:

He really almost feared
To leave his poor abode,
His nose, and name, and beard became
A byword on that road.
"The Bishop and the Busman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I did not love as others do;
(None ever did that I've heard tell of)
My passion was a byword through
The town she was, of course, the belle of.
"Gemini And Virgo" by Charles Stuart Calverley
“I will set my right hand on thy neck
And my foot on thy body, nor bate,
Till thy name shall become as a wreck
And a byword for hisses and hate!”
"Australia Vindex" by Henry Kendall
One said, "And can no wiser Law revoke
The Edict that foredestined me to Smoke,
My stump to be a Byword and a Jest? -
But if a Jest I fail to see the Joke."
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Affordability the byword for this year's Salt Lake Parade of Homes.
Byword Has the Last Word in Prince of Wales's.
Byword led a Khalid Abdullah one-two by holding off a charging.
Location Is the Byword For AOL's New Search.
Congo is a byword for chaos, corruption and rape.
Before the term ever became popular, "interactive" was a byword at Schaefer 's, a 66-year-old family-owned electronics/appliance dealer in Lincoln, Neb.
Campaign catchphrases sometimes gain lasting traction, turning bywords into watchwords.
Collaboration is the byword for many arts organizations today, especially theaters where financial support is tough to obtain and ticket revenues are seldom enough to support the cost of productions.
' Humility ' is byword for '12.
Presenting jazz and extensions as a living art form with tradition a byword for music into the future.
Today, Manhattan is a byword for overpriced property, overexposed landmarks and overdressed fashionistas.
"You get what you pay for" is an old and well-worn phrase that has become an American byword against buying less expensive products.
The Vigilantes of San Francisco have been a legend and a byword ever since the 1850's.
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In science:

It is interesting to determine how GIG-based parsing relates to other approaches to word-byword incremental parsing, such as Link Grammars [ST95], Dependency Grammars [Mil92], or Applicative Combinatory Grammars [Mil95].
Graph Interpolation Grammars as Context-Free Automata
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