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

  • n. A road, path, or highway affording passage from one place to another.
  • n. An opening affording passage: This door is the only way into the attic.
  • n. Space to proceed: cleared the way for the parade.
  • n. Opportunity to advance: opened the way to peace.
  • n. A course that is or may be used in going from one place to another: tried to find the shortest way home.
  • n. Progress or travel along a certain route or in a specific direction: on his way north.
  • n. A course of conduct or action: tried to take the easy way out.
  • n. A manner or method of doing: several ways of solving this problem; had no way to reach her.
  • n. A usual or habitual manner or mode of being, living, or acting: the American way of life.
  • n. An individual or personal manner of behaving, acting, or doing: Have it your own way.
  • n. Informal Distance: The travelers have come a long way. That village is a good ways off.
  • n. A specific direction: He glanced my way.
  • n. A participant. Often used in combination: a three-way conversation.
  • n. An aspect, particular, or feature: resembles his father in many ways; in no way comparable.
  • n. Nature or category: not much in the way of a plot.
  • n. Freedom to do as one wishes: if I had my way.
  • n. An aptitude or facility: She certainly does have a way with words.
  • n. A state or condition: He is in a bad way financially.
  • n. Vicinity: Drop in when you're out our way.
  • n. A longitudinal strip on a surface that serves to guide a moving machine part. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Nautical The structure on which a ship is built and from which it slides when launched.
  • adv. Informal By a great distance or to a great degree; far: way off base; way too expensive.
  • adv. Slang Very; extremely: "Can they really make a car that's way cool?” ( Fortune).
  • adv. Informal From this place; away: Go way.
  • idiom all the way From beginning to end; completely: drove all the way from Detroit to Pittsburgh.
  • idiom by the way Incidentally: By the way, you forgot to cash that check.
  • idiom by way of Through; via: flew to the Far East by way of the polar route.
  • idiom by way of As a means of: made no comment by way of apology.
  • idiom (one's) To inconvenience oneself in doing something beyond what is required.
  • idiom in a way To a certain extent; with reservations: I like the new styles, in a way.
  • idiom in a way From one point of view: In a way, you're right.
  • idiom in the way In a position to obstruct, hinder, or interfere.
  • idiom no way Informal Certainly not: Did you like that movie?-No way! It was boring.
  • idiom (one's) In the process of coming, going, or traveling: She is on her way out the door. Winter is on the way.
  • idiom on the way On the route of a journey: met him on the way to town; ran into them on the way.
  • idiom out of the way In such a position as not to obstruct, hinder, or interfere.
  • idiom out of the way Taken care of; disposed of: some details to get out of the way first.
  • idiom out of the way In a remote location.
  • idiom out of the way Of an unusual character; remarkable.
  • idiom out of the way Improper; amiss: said nothing out of the way.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A road, a direction, a (physical or conceptual) path from one place to another.
  • n. A means to enter or exit into a place.
  • n. A method or manner of doing something; a mannerism.
  • n. A roughly-defined geographical area.
  • n. Possibility (usually in the phrases 'any way' and 'no way').
  • n. A tradition within the modern pagan faith of Heathenry, dedication to a specific deity or craft, Way of wyrd, Way of runes, Way of Thor etc.
  • n. Speed, progress, momentum.
  • n. A degree, an amount, a sense.
  • n. Acknowledges that a task has been done well, chiefly in expressions of sarcastic congratulation.
  • adv. Much.
  • adv. very.
  • adv. far
  • interj. It is true.
  • v. To travel.
  • n. The name of the letter for the w sound in Pitman shorthand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Away.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Length of space; distance; interval
  • n. A moving; passage; procession; journey.
  • n. Course or direction of motion or process; tendency of action; advance.
  • n. The means by which anything is reached, or anything is accomplished; scheme; device; plan.
  • n. Manner; method; mode; fashion; style.
  • n. Regular course; habitual method of life or action; plan of conduct; mode of dealing.
  • n. Sphere or scope of observation.
  • n. Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct.
  • n.
  • n. Progress.
  • n. The timbers on which a ship is launched.
  • n. The longitudinal guides, or guiding surfaces, on the bed of a planer, lathe, or the like, along which a table or carriage moves.
  • n. Right of way. See below.
  • intransitive v. To move; to progress; to go.
  • transitive v. To go or travel to; to go in, as a way or path.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go in, along, or through; traverse.
  • To put in the way; teach to go in the way; break or train to the road: said of horses.
  • To go one's way; wayfare; journey.
  • Same as away: now only colloquial or vulgar, and commonly printed with an apostrophe: as, go 'way! way back.
  • An old spelling of weigh.
  • n. 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. A passage along some particular path or course; progress; journey; transit; coming or going.
  • n. Length of space; distance: as, the church is but a little way from here. In this sense, in colloquial use, often erroneously ways.
  • n. Direction as of motion or position: as, he comes this way.
  • n. Path or course in life.
  • n. Pursuit; calling; line of business.
  • n. Respect; point or particular: with in expressed or understood.
  • n. Condition; state: as, he has recovered a little, but is still in a very bad way.
  • n. Course of action or procedure; means by which anything is to be reached, attained, or accomplished; scheme; device; plan; course.
  • n. Method or manner of proceeding; mode; style; fashion; wise: as, the right or the wrong way of doing something.
  • n. 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. 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. Resolved plan or mode of action or conduct; a course insisted upon as one's own.
  • n. Circuit or range of action or observation.
  • n. Progress; advancement.
  • n. 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. plural In machinery, etc., the line or course along which anything worked on is caused to move. See cut under shaper.
  • n. 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. On hand; present.
  • n. 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. In the matter or business of: as regards; in respect of.
  • n. At a distance from; clear of: as, to keep out of the way of a carriage.
  • n. 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. Not in its proper place, or where it can be found or met with; hence, mislaid, hidden, or lost.
  • n. 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. 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. The strip of land of which a railway-company acquires either the ownership or the use for the laying of its tracks.
  • n. To open a path through obstacles; overcome resistance, hindrance, or difficulties.
  • n. To advance; move forward.
  • n. To follow one's own plan, opinion, inclination, or fancy.
  • n. A series of devotions used at these stations.
  • n. 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. 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. 9 and Method, Mode, etc. See manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. doing as one pleases or chooses
  • n. how something is done or how it happens
  • n. a line leading to a place or point
  • adv. to a great degree or by a great distance; very much (`right smart' is regional in the United States)
  • n. any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
  • n. a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of'
  • n. the property of distance in general
  • n. the condition of things generally
  • n. a portion of something divided into shares
  • n. how a result is obtained or an end is achieved
  • n. a course of conduct
  • n. a journey or passage
  • n. space for movement


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

Middle English, from Old English weg.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English weġ, from Proto-Germanic *wegaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ-. Cognate with Dutch weg, German Weg, Swedish väg, Latin vehō, via, Albanian udhë.



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  • An affirmative:

    "No way!"


    April 17, 2008

  • Yaw in reverse.

    November 3, 2007

  • Sounds like "buey" in Spanish. Makes my students giggle.

    July 4, 2007