from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An indirect or rarely used path; a byway.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an unfrequented path; a byway


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  • He added, ominously, “Here a broad by-path branches off into pathology.”

    Life As We Know It

  • But this noble lady, whose heart never failed her, encouraged her soldiers by her own example; went from post to post like a great general; even mounted on horseback fully armed, and, issuing from the castle by a by-path, fell upon the French camp, set fire to the tents, and threw the whole force into disorder.

    A Child's History of England

  • They conducted their prisoner in a direction leading more and more from the public road, but she observed that they kept a sort of track or by-path, which relieved her from part of her apprehensions, which would have been greatly increased had they not seemed to follow a determined and ascertained route.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • It appeared, however, that a struggle of some nature had here taken place, and it seemed as if some large and heavy body, much larger and heavier than a man, had been drawn from the by-path to the pool.

    Thou Art the Man

  • Here the track made off into a by-path through a piece of woodland — the path coming out again into the main road, and cutting off about half a mile of the regular distance.

    Thou Art the Man

  • Times are changed with him who marries; there are no more by-path meadows, where you may innocently linger, but the road lies long and straight and dusty to the grave.

    Virginibus Puerisque and other papers

  • Then we struck a by-path which presently merged in a hard highway, running, as I judged, south-west by west.


  • Meanwhile, the by-path which Morton pursued, with all the speed which his vigorous horse could exert, brought him in a very few seconds to the brink of the Clyde, at a spot marked with the feet of horses, who were conducted to it as a watering-place.

    Old Mortality

  • To avoid the risk of being stopped and questioned in a place where he was so likely to be recognised, he made a large circuit, altogether avoiding the hamlet, and approaching the upper gate of the avenue by a by-path well known to him.


  • Two of the outlaws, taking up their quarter-staves, and desiring Gurth to follow close in the rear, walked roundly forward along a by-path, which traversed the thicket and the broken ground adjacent to it.



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