from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Methods and resources available to accomplish an end, especially to meet expenses.
- n.pl. Methods and means, especially legislation, for raising revenue needed by a government.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Means for raising money; resources for revenue.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. resources available to meet expenses (especially legislation for raising revenue for a government)
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He doth not remit us merely to their authority, but he applieth all other ways and means whereby they may be made effectual.
Much the greater part of all wars, is business -- plain, practical every day life business; there is in it no art or mystery or special knowledge, except good, strong, common sense -- this relates to the finances, the quarter-master's and commissary's departments, the ways and means proper -- in a word to the resources of a country and its capacities for war.
The Great Speech of Hon. A.H. Stephens, Delivered Before the Georgia Legislature, on Wednesday Night, March 16th, 1864, to which is Added Extracts prom [sic] Gov. Brown's Message to the Georgia Legislature.
Only when it is understood that here, too, economics is only of second orthird-rate importance, and the primary role falls to factors of politics, ethics, morality, and blood, will we arrive at an understanding of the presentcalamity, and thus also be able to find the ways and means for a cure.
The ways and means whereby he doth so, -- the instruments which he useth, the artifices and methods which he applieth unto his ends, with his application of himself unto them according unto all occasions, circumstances, opportunities, and provocations, in great variety, -- were worth our inquiring into, but that we should too much digress from our present design.
In May he was named, along with Witherspoon and William Duer of New York, to a committee “to devise ways and means for defraying the expenses of the coming year.”
Of course I did nudge young Donald Nikklin a little and suggest all sorts of ways and means that a little h 'eung you in the right hands …
“Being in great distress for want of money,” Morris consulted with Gouverneur Morris and Haym Salomon, “considering ways and means but as yet unsuccessfully.”
There is nothing about the Infant Education, or what we should now call the Primary Education, of male children; and there is nothing about ways and means for the secondary or higher education of any others than those whose parents could pay for such education out of their own resources.
However, the Lord Christ requireth no more of his disciples in this matter, unto his glory, but that they profess that his blood cleanseth them from their sins, and evidence the truth of it by such ways and means as the gospel hath appointed unto that end.
If however the wisdom of the Legislature should adopt other ways and means for defraying the expenses, such as creating a permanent fund, payable out of the treasury, or setting apart for the same purpose, the Bank Stock belonging