Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Something beside the principal matter; something incidental.

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Examples

  • That the latter manner of search (which is all) they pass over compendiously and slightly as a by-matter.

    Valerius Terminus: of the interpretation of Nature

  • I knew one that, when he wrote a letter, he would put that which was most material in the postscript, as if it had been a by-matter.

    XXII. Of Cunning

  • Inwardly ashamed of my loose methods, compared with Rand's thorough ones, I hastened to ask of Mr. Steele, as a by-matter, being sure that he would know.

    The Mystery of the Steel Disc

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