give way


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v give way stop operating or functioning "The engine finally went","The car died on the road","The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town","The coffee maker broke","The engine failed on the way to town","her eyesight went after the accident"
    • v give way end resistance, as under pressure or force "The door yielded to repeated blows with a battering ram"
    • v give way move in order to make room for someone for something "The park gave way to a supermarket","`Move over,' he told the crowd"
    • v give way break down, literally or metaphorically "The wall collapsed","The business collapsed","The dam broke","The roof collapsed","The wall gave in","The roof finally gave under the weight of the ice"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Approximately one out of every 55 women from Canada give birth in their car on the way to the hospital or clinic
    • Give way to fall back, to yield, to withdraw: to begin rowing—usually as a command to a crew
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  • Ovid
    “Let love give way to business; give attention to business and you will be safe.”
  • Isadora Duncan
    “The finest inheritance you can give to a child is to allow it to make its own way, completely on its own feet.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “You must give up the way it is... to have it the way you want it”
  • Wilson Mizner
    “The best way to keep your friends is not to give them away.”
  • Florence Scovel Shinn
    Florence Scovel Shinn
    “Giving opens the way for receiving.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Give light and people will find their own way.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. giefan; Goth. giban, Ger. geben.


In literature:

They went out from the front of the fight, and observed the left wing giving way.
"Erling the Bold" by R.M. Ballantyne
But the line was so good and strong that it caused the rod to show symptoms of giving way.
"Personal Reminiscences in Book Making" by R.M. Ballantyne
The encounter was sharp, and the rebels were giving way.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
The least little touch mends, and it never gives way again.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Give way, give way now; now my Charles shines here, II.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
The girl did not dare give way to her own terror, for she felt if she should become panic-stricken all would be lost.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
The strain was so great that it seemed an assured thing that something must give way.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
Art, literature, refinement, scientific administration, all had to give way to this Titanic labor.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
He's bound to back it, or else he should give way, and confess he ain't so sure about it as he said he was.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
The door was stout, but we saw that it was giving way.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

"But if your honour gives your mind
To study all our ways,
With dance and song we'll jog along
As in those happy days.
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a Way, as gives us breath:
Such a Truth, as ends all strife:
Such a Life, as killeth death.
"The Call" by George Herbert
`Yours should be winning ways that make Love live,
And ne'er grow old,
With ever something yet more sweet to give,
Which you withhold.
"A Birthday Present" by Alfred Austin
They are, we reason, in our debt,
And wistfully we look for pay:
They give us what we ask -- and yet
We feel we are rather in the way.
"Children" by Bert Leston Taylor
The law brings terror to molest.
The gospel gives the weary rest:
The one does flags of death display,
The other shows the living way.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
'The jester walked in the garden.'
Did he so?
Well, there's no use your loving me
That way, Lady;
For I've nothing but songs to give you.
"Au Jardin" by Ezra Pound

In news:

Business Cards Give Way to Cellphone Apps for Networking.
Puppies and polka dots give way to new uniform policy at MedStar Montgomery.
Clouds and Sun Give Way To Full Overcast and Heavy Rain Tomorrow Morning.
A pipeline will soon be moved and give way for the long-awaited expansion of a stretch of Illinois Route 29 between Taylorville and Springfield.
Fun Fall Crafting Ideas for Kids Give Way To Creative Afternoons For You And Your Family.
San Marino volleyball doesn't give way to Flintridge Prep.
Phones give way to tax questions.
Morning Clouds & Showers Give Way to Periods of Sun.
'Linsanity' will give way to Melo.
Demonstrators won't give way to runners.
Abbas Won't Give Way on Refugee "Return" Even If He Gets State.
'Terps' could give way to 'Maryland' on new football uniforms.
Old war wounds give way to a new Vietnam.
Astros see what they have as drills give way to games.
Native plants give way to European and Asian 'invaders'.

In science:

The third lemma gives us a way of producing polynomials that meet the hypotheses of Lemma 9.
On the existence of absolutely simple abelian varieties of a given dimension over an arbitrary field
The purpose of this section is to give different ways of understanding the conjugacy class of a random element of GL(n, q).
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Both P(cid:3) and P (cid:3) give a way of comparing the likelihood of two subsets U and V of W .
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
In §4 and §5 we saw in another way how invariants from dynamics give quasiisometry invariants for abelian-by-cyclic groups.
Problems on the geometry of finitely generated solvable groups
We do not give a new proof of that result and use it in an essential way to prove our result.
The Hodge Conjecture for general Prym varieties