Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • preposition By way of.
  • preposition By means of.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Away! off! formerly a word of encouragement from commanders to their men, riders to their horses, etc., and also an expression of impatience, defiance, etc.
  • noun A highway; a road; a way or passage.
  • noun In anatomy and medicine, a natural passage of the body.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • preposition By the way of.
  • noun A road or way.
  • noun (Astron.) the Milky Way, or Galaxy. See Galaxy, 1.
  • noun (Theol.) the middle way; -- a name applied to their own position by the Anglican high-churchmen, as being between the Roman Catholic Church and what they term extreme Protestantism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • preposition By way of; passing through.
  • preposition By (means of); using (a medium).
  • noun A main road or highway, especially in ancient Rome. (Mainly used in set phrases, below.)
  • noun electronics A small hole in a printed-circuit board filled with metal which connects two or more layers.

Etymologies

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

[Latin viā, ablative of via, road; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin viā, ablative singular of via ("way, road").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin via ("road"), of uncertain origin, plausibly cognate with vehere 'to conduct'.

Examples

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  • I see this word all the time and it's just fun to say..Just ask Samantha Puckett "i-Carly"

    September 20, 2010