way

Definitions

  • On the Way to Godalming from Haslemere
    On the Way to Godalming from Haslemere
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv 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"
    • n way 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"
    • n way a journey or passage "they are on the way"
    • n 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"
    • n way any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another "he said he was looking for the way out"
    • n way 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"
    • n way the property of distance in general "it's a long way to Moscow","he went a long ways"
    • n way doing as one pleases or chooses "if I had my way"
    • n way a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of' "they didn't have much in the way of clothing"
    • n way a line leading to a place or point "he looked the other direction","didn't know the way home"
    • n way a portion of something divided into shares "they split the loot three ways"
    • n way space for movement "room to pass","make way for","hardly enough elbow room to turn around"
    • n way the condition of things generally "that's the way it is","I felt the same way"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Right and Wrong Ways of Perpendicular Chiseling Right and Wrong Ways of Perpendicular Chiseling
IN A VERY BAD WAY IN A VERY BAD WAY
I took it as bein' a compliment to my sect the way that fountain wuz laid out I took it as bein' a compliment to my sect the way that fountain wuz laid out
My Josiah and me a-journeyin' way off in Lapland—the idee My Josiah and me a-journeyin' way off in Lapland—the idee
The Best Way After All 045 The Best Way After All 045
Little Red Riding-Hood loiters by the way Little Red Riding-Hood loiters by the way
DAT'S DE WAY MY LADY'LL DO DAT'S DE WAY MY LADY'LL DO
A CORNER OF THE MILKY WAY A CORNER OF THE MILKY WAY

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar
    • Way A moving; passage; procession; journey. "I prythee, now, lead the way ."
    • adv Way Away.
    • Way Course or direction of motion or process; tendency of action; advance. "If that way be your walk, you have not far.""And let eternal justice take the way ."
    • Way Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct; as, to have one's way .
    • Way Length of space; distance; interval; as, a great way; a long way. "And whenever the way seemed long,
      Or his heart began to fail."
    • Way Manner; method; mode; fashion; style; as, the way of expressing one's ideas.
    • Way (Naut) Progress; as, a ship has way .
    • Way Regular course; habitual method of life or action; plan of conduct; mode of dealing. "Having lost the way of nobleness.""Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.""When men lived in a grander way ."
    • Way (Law) Right of way. See below. "All keep the broad highway , and take delight
      With many rather for to go astray."
      "There is but one road by which to climb up.""When night
      Darkens the streets , then wander forth the sons
      Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine."
    • Way Sphere or scope of observation. "The public ministers that fell in my way ."
    • Way 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.""I shall him seek by way and eke by street.""The way seems difficult, and steep to scale.""The season and ways were very improper for his majesty's forces to march so great a distance."
    • Way (Mach) The longitudinal guides, or guiding surfaces, on the bed of a planer, lathe, or the like, along which a table or carriage moves.
    • Way The means by which anything is reached, or anything is accomplished; scheme; device; plan. "My best way is to creep under his gaberdine.""By noble ways we conquest will prepare.""What impious ways my wishes took!"
    • Way (Naut) The timbers on which a ship is launched.
    • v. t Way To go or travel to; to go in, as a way or path. "In land not wayed ."
    • v. i Way To move; to progress; to go. "On a time as they together wayed ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Another way to say "every 9 years" is Novennial
    • n way The track or path by passing over or along which some place has been or may be reached; a course leading from one place to another; a road; a street; a passage, channel, or route; a line of march, progression, or motion: as, the way to market or to school; a broad or a narrow way.
    • n way A passage along some particular path or course; progress; journey; transit; coming or going.
    • n way Length of space; distance: as, the church is but a little way from here. In this sense, in colloquial use, often erroneously ways.
    • n way Direction as of motion or position: as, he comes this way.
    • n way Path or course in life.
    • n way Pursuit; calling; line of business.
    • n way Respect; point or particular: with in expressed or understood.
    • n way Condition; state: as, he has recovered a little, but is still in a very bad way.
    • n way Course of action or procedure; means by which anything is to be reached, attained, or accomplished; scheme; device; plan; course.
    • n way Method or manner of proceeding; mode; style; fashion; wise: as, the right or the wrong way of doing something.
    • n way Way in this sense is equivalent to wise, and in certain colloquial phrases is confused with it, appearing in the apparent plural ways, which really represents wise: as, no ways, longthways, endways, etc.
    • n way Regular or usual method or manner, as in acting or speaking; habitual or peculiar mode or manner of doing or saying things: as, that is only his way; an odd way he has; women's ways.
    • n way Resolved plan or mode of action or conduct; a course insisted upon as one's own.
    • n way Circuit or range of action or observation.
    • n way Progress; advancement.
    • n way Nautical, progress or motion through the water; headway: as, a vessel is under way when she begins to move, she gathers way when her rate of sailing increases, and loses way when it diminishes.
    • n way plural In machinery, etc., the line or course along which anything worked on is caused to move. See cut under shaper. The timbers on which a ship is launched: as, a new ship on the ways. See cut under launching-way.
    • n way One of the most important of the standing committees of the United States House of Representatives: to it are referred bills relating to the raising of the revenue.
    • n way On hand; present.
    • n way In such a position or of such a nature as to obstruct, impede, or hinder: as, a meddler is always in the way; there are difficulties in the way.
    • n way In the matter or business of: as regards; in respect of.
    • n way At a distance from; clear of: as, to keep out of the way of a carriage.
    • n way Not in the proper course; in such a position or condition as to miss one's object; away from the mark; aside; astray; hence, improper; wrong.
    • n way Not in its proper place, or where it can be found or met with; hence, mislaid, hidden, or lost.
    • n way Out of the beaten track; not in the usual, ordinary, or regular course; hence, extraordinary; remarkable: as, her accomplishments are nothing out of the way: often used attributively. Compare to put one's self out of the way, below.
    • n way The right to pass over a path or way, to the temporary exclusion of others: as, an express-train has the right of way as against a freight-train.
    • n way The strip of land of which a railway-company acquires either the ownership or the use for the laying of its tracks.
    • n way To open a path through obstacles; overcome resistance, hindrance, or difficulties.
    • n way To advance; move forward.
    • n way To follow one's own plan, opinion, inclination, or fancy.
    • n way A series of devotions used at these stations.
    • n way Specifically, in legislation, means for raising money; methods of procuring funds or supplies for the support of the government. See committee of ways and means, above.
    • n way Synonyms Way. Road, Street, Passage, Pass, Path, Track, Trait, thoroughfare, channel, route. Way is the generic word for a place to pass; a road is a public way broad enough and good enough for vehicles; a Street is a main road in a village, town, or city, as contrasted with a lane or alley; passage suggests an avenue or narrower way through, as for foot-passengers; a pass is a way through where the difficulties to be surmounted are on an imposing scale: as, to find or open a new pass through the Andes; a path is a way for passing on foot; a track is a path or road as yet but little worn or used: as, a cart-track through the woods. See def of trail.
    • n way Method, Mode, etc. See manner.
    • way To go in, along, or through; traverse.
    • way To put in the way; teach to go in the way; break or train to the road: said of horses.
    • way To go one's way; wayfare; journey.
    • way Same as away: now only colloquial or vulgar, and commonly printed with an apostrophe: as, go 'way! way back.
    • way An old spelling of weigh.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 ways to play the ten opening moves in a game of chess.
    • v.t Way (Spens.) to weigh, esteem.
    • n Way passage: road: length of space: distance: direction: manner of life: condition, state: advance in life: general manner of acting: means: manner: will:
    • v.i Way (Spens.) to journey
    • adj Way growing or lying near the way-side
    • n Way (naut.) progress or motion through the water, headway
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Quotations

  • Hannibal
    Hannibal
    “We will either find a way, or make one.”
  • Elvis Presley
    Elvis Presley
    “Ah just act the way ah feel.”
  • Thomas Berger
    Thomas Berger
    “What is art but a way of seeing?”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
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    “Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
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    “I have not failed. I've just found 10, 000 ways that won't work.”
  • Merelene Cornish
    Merelene Cornish
    “our day will come is another way of saying you get yours.”

Idioms

Dig way down deep - When someone digs way down deep, they look into their inner feelings to see how they feel about it.
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In the family way - If a woman is in the family way, she is pregnant.
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Know which way the wind blows - This means that you should know how things are developing and be prepared for the future.
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More than one way to skin a cat - When people say that there is more than one way to skin a cat, they mean that there are different ways of achieving the same thing.
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My way or the highway - This idiom is used to say that if people don't do what you say, they will have to leave or quit the project, etc.
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No two ways about it - If there are no two ways about something, there is no other possible interpretation.
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Rub someone up the wrong way - If you annoy or irritate someone when you didn't mean to, you rub them up the wrong way.
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See which way the cat jumps - (AU) If you see which way the cat jumps, you postpone making a decision or acting until you have seen how things are developing.
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That is the way the cookie crumbles - "That's the way the cookie crumbles" means that things don't always turn out the way we want.
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Way to go - This is used to congratulate someone when they achieve something. It can be used sarcastically when then mess up.
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Where there's a will, there's a way - This idiom means that if people really want to do something, they will manage to find a way of doing it.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wey, way, AS. weg,; akin to OS., D., OHG., & G. weg, Icel. vegr, Sw. väg, Dan. vei, Goth. wigs, L. via, and AS. wegan, to move, L. vehere, to carry, Skr. vah,. √136. Cf. Convex Inveigh Vehicle Vex Via Voyage Wag Wagon Wee Weigh
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weg; Ger. weg, L. via, Sans. vaha, akin to vehĕre, to carry.

Usage

In literature:

I made my way from the station to my tent.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
Before he had proceeded far on his way he met his pal Scott on his way to Alfred's home.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
We know dey is Indians de way dey is riding, and de way dey is all strung out.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
God's ways is strange, as the priests will be sayin'.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
But it was perfectly sweet the way you made them listen and the way you told that story.
"A Voice in the Wilderness" by Grace Livingston Hill
We came by way of Joliet, forded the river at La Crosse and came up here by way of Rochester and Kenyon.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
It's a block this-a-way and a block that-a-way.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
Brazilians have their own way of thinking, which is not ours, and which is to us almost incomprehensible.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
That wasn't the way he had begun, and that wasn't the way he was going to end.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Some do it in a large way, and some in a small way, but the end is the same.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
They loved the white man, whose ways were not always Indian ways.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Dey run dis a-way, dey run dat a-way; yit w'en dey quit runnin' dey dunner whar dey bread comin' frun.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Iron Skull's life in many ways seemed a personal reproach to Jim for his own way of living.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
When Captain Mayo was half-way down the harbor, on his way back to the yacht, he was confronted by a spectacle which startled him.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
On his way back to "Highlands" the conversation which took place between himself and his companions came back to him.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Still there's ways and ways of fixing it, but only one right way.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
But Elia had his own way of doing things, and that way was rarely a pleasant one.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
You see, I don't know your ways of doing over here; that would be my way.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
I don't mind him at all: but he is not fond of me; and he is sure not to teach mamma's way, and that is the only way I know.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
We discovered then, that there were two ways of learning engineering, an easy way and a hard way.
"Aliens" by William McFee
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In poetry:

Words going backwards
are on their way to you:
so that you may hear
your ears are gone.
"Stone Song" by Gerrit Achterberg
So many times the heart can break,
So many ways,
Yet beat along and beat along
So many days.
"The Heart Unseen" by Richard Le Gallienne
So I went; and since that day
Life is hard for me.
I was buncoed! (By the way,
"Co." is Jealousy.)
"Partners" by Ellis Parker Butler
Good luck, my lad– good day!
Go singing down the year–
But as for me, my dear,
I go another way!
"Song: Kind Adieu" by Margaret Widdemer
"O king!" she whispered sweet,
"Too happy fate have they
Who perish in thy way
Beneath thy gracious feet!
"King Solomon and the Ants" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A man passed by me close,
I asked my way, he said,
"Come, follow me, my friend"—
I followed where he led.
"The Fog" by William H Davies

In news:

That includes everything from the way consumers shop to the way the industry handles logistics.
It can be tough finding your way around town, but these new "way finder" signs will make that a bit easier.
The UK-based band "One eskimO " have found a new way to bring music to life, and not in some creepy wiccan-like way.
Republicans' minority outreach problems go way, way beyond immigration.
All three of my children are fierce creatures — not in the same way or to the same degree, but all fierce in their own ways.
A proposal by Grand Teton National Park officials to turn a two-way road into a one-way road is causing alarm in Teton County.
A Granjeño city commissioner is facing a DWI charge after a police officer allegedly saw him going the wrong way down a one-way street in downtown McAllen.
With all that defenses are doing to stop hitters these days by way of shifts and smart positioning, who are the hitters that are still finding ways to get hits.
A scam making its way across the country has found its way into Guernsey County.
In his freshman year at UCLA, the two-way player became a one-way player.
They're done a certain way, and Mike's Way is it.
'Way' to go: United Way draws record crowd for its 7th annual walk.
There are many ways to die on this planet, as many ways as there are places and adventures.
Nora and I were thinking of a way to highlight young adult authors (and a way to use our beautiful purple book cart).
The way it started, Nets' fill-in center Andray Blatche seemed on his way to a roasting of Knicks reigning Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler .
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In science:

We admit both ways and say that pt(1),t(2) is standard if the second way does not happen at all.
Invariants of mixed representations of quivers II : defining relations and applications
The marks can be added in 6n ways and the labels in n! ways.
A triple lacunary generating function for Hermite polynomials
More recently, dark matter particles with a timedependent mass, were proposed as a way to increase the age of the universe , and, after the observation of the acceleration of the universe , as a way to solve the coincidence problem between DE and DM .
Dynamical Relaxation of the Dark Matter to Baryon Ratio
The equivalent of theorem 1.1.1 for totally real manifolds (mentioned in the introduction) can be proved in several ways, one way is to follow the theory of analytic vectors of an elliptic operator due to Treves (see section 3.2).
On the Holomorphic Extension of CR Distributions from Non Generic CR Submanifolds of $\C^L$
The numbers generated in this way are non-periodic, which we demonstrated for 1013 numbers, and they are obtained in a deterministic way, which allows to repeat systematically any calculation.
Non-periodic pseudo-random numbers used in Monte Carlo calculations
In this way we can define the reduction graph for realistic overlap graphs in a direct way.
How Overlap Determines the Macronuclear Genes in Ciliates
Let G be a two-way label led M -regular graph on the set of vertices [N ] with a rotation map RotG and H be a two-way label led Dregular graph on the set of vertices [M ] with a rotation map RotH .
Generalized zig-zag products of regular digraphs and bounds on their spectral expansions
We do not need a two-way labelling for H here, since it is used to define only the two-way labelling for the zig-zag products, which is irrelevant to the spectral expansion of the products.
Generalized zig-zag products of regular digraphs and bounds on their spectral expansions
Hence, the way interactions and quantum fluctuations in doped Mott insulator superconductors renormalize ρS (0) differs from the way they renormalize α13 .
Electromagnetic response of high-Tc superconductors -- the slave-boson and doped-carrier theories
In this way one gets bases not only for the algebra, but also for Specht modules (cf. ), and various double sided ideals, in a way which helps exhibit the structure of the algebra.
Pascal's triangle and word bases for blob algebra ideals
In this way, we a.s. build the tree all the way to level k − 1.
How many random edges make a dense hypergraph non-2-colorable?
Therefore, a simple way to estimate ||wl −1 is choose λ(z ) in such a way that the sum bounding hwl n , f iρ can be balanced by hf , −Lf iρ .
Non-equilibrium scaling limit for a tagged particle in the simple exclusion process with long jumps
In this way we come to note another of the advantages in solving initial and/or boundary value problems for linear and nonlinear PDEs in this way.
Generalized solutions to nonlinear first order Cauchy problems
The statement of Theorem 2 could be improved in the fol lowing way: the choice of the critical height ht is in some way arbitrary and we could take for ht any positive function such that limt→∞ ht = ∞ and eht = o(t).
Aging and quenched localization for one-dimensional random walks in random environment in the sub-ballistic regime
In this scheme, energy made available by SN explosions is assigned in a “targeted” way to suitably chose n gas particles, which surround the star–forming regions, so that their entropy is raised in such a way to prevent them from cooling.
Thermodynamical properties of the ICM from hydrodynamical simulations
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