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Definitions of by

  1. in reserve; not for immediate use; " started setting aside money to buy a car"; " put something by for her old age"; " has a nestegg tucked away for a rainy day"
  2. so as to pass a given point; " every hour a train goes past"
  3. minor or subordinate; ` by' is often used in combination; " a side interest"; " a by ( or bye) effect"; " only a by comment"; " by- election"; " bye- election"; " a by- product"; " by- play"
  4. Near.
  5. On; along; in traversing. Compare 5.
  6. Near to, while passing; hence, from one to the other side of; past; as, to go by a church.
  7. Used in specifying adjacent dimensions; as, a cabin twenty feet by forty.
  8. Against.
  9. 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.
  10. Near; in the neighborhood; present; as, there was no person by at the time.
  11. Passing near; going past; past; beyond; as, the procession has gone by; a bird flew by.
  12. Aside; as, to lay by; to put by.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Next or near to; with; along; over; through; in, on, or at; past and beyond; after.
  16. Near, present, aside; by and by, after some time.
  17. At the side of: near to: through, denoting the agent, cause, means, etc.
  18. Near: passing near: in presence of: aside, away.
  19. Near to; through; denoting agency or means.
  20. Near; in passing; in presence of; away.
  21. At hand; near.
  22. Beyond; past.
  23. Aside; apart off; up.
  24. Beside; past; over ( a course).
  25. Through the agency or help of; with.
  26. In accordance with; according to.
  27. To the extent of; multiplied into.
  28. As a prefix, signifying side, secondary, private.
  29. Near: aside; away. By and- by, in a short time after; presently. By- the- by, by the way, as a passing remark aside from the main subject. By one's self, alone. To stand by, to stand near, or to support.
  30. Near; with; through, as author, maker, cause, means; according to; in the measure or quantity of; during; not later than.
  31. Near; close; at hand, & c.
  32. Sometimes bye, as a prefix, means concealed; quiet; out of the direct way; private, & c.

Usage examples for by

  1. We understand by what we see, and we live by what we understand. – The Psychology of Beauty by Ethel D. Puffer
  2. By an'- by, by all that's bad! – Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Bar-20 by Clarence Edward Mulford
  3. What do you mean by a 'split'? – Daisy by Elizabeth Wetherell
  4. What do I mean by that? – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  5. What do you mean by 'we both'? – The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann
  6. What do you mean by time? – The Cuckoo Clock by Mrs. Molesworth
  7. You can do no good by it. – A Mysterious Disappearance by Gordon Holmes
  8. Here we are a sittin' and sittin' and time's goin' by. – Kent Knowles: Quahaug by Joseph C. Lincoln
  9. And you're here all by yourself? – Miss Minerva and William Green Hill by Frances Boyd Calhoun
  10. " I was never here by night before," she said. – Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard by Eleanor Farjeon
  11. " No," said I. " Good- by." – The Deluge by David Graham Phillips
  12. I'll have some more money by to- morrow. – Rival Pitchers of Oakdale by Morgan Scott
  13. And by that time it had been too late. – Half Portions by Edna Ferber
  14. What do you mean by more time? – The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  15. By the way, why didn't you tell me all this when you came last? – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn
  16. Why not by Holly's? – Ayesha The Further History of She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed by H. Rider Haggard
  17. What am I to understand by that? – Rossmoyne by Unknown
  18. That was the name he went by. – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  19. You stand by me, and you'll get your pay." – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
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