Meaning of WAY in English


way 1

— wayless , adj.

/way/ , n.

1. manner, mode, or fashion: a new way of looking at a matter; to reply in a polite way.

2. characteristic or habitual manner: Her way is to work quietly and never complain.

3. a method, plan, or means for attaining a goal: to find a way to reduce costs.

4. a respect or particular: The plan is defective in several ways.

5. a direction or vicinity: Look this way. We're having a drought out our way.

6. passage or progress on a course: to make one's way on foot; to lead the way.

7. Often, ways . distance: They've come a long way.

8. a path or course leading from one place to another: What's the shortest way to town?

9. Brit.

a. an old Roman or pre-Roman road: Icknield Way.

b. a minor street in a town: He lives in Stepney Way.

10. a road, route, passage, or channel (usually used in combination): highway; waterway; doorway.

11. Law. a right of way.

12. any line of passage or travel, used or available: to blaze a way through dense woods.

13. space for passing or advancing: to clear a way through the crowd.

14. Often, ways . a habit or custom: The grandmother lived by the ways of the old country.

15. course or mode of procedure that one chooses or wills: They had to do it my way.

16. condition, as to health, prosperity, or the like: to be in a bad way.

17. range or extent of experience or notice: the best device that ever came in my way.

18. a course of life, action, or experience: The way of transgressors is hard.

19. Informal. business: to be in the haberdashery way.

20. Naut.

a. ways , two or more ground ways down which a hull slides in being launched.

b. movement or passage through the water.

21. Mach. a longitudinal strip, as in a planer, guiding a moving part along a surface.

22. by the way , in the course of one's remarks; incidentally: By the way, have you received that letter yet?

23. by way of ,

a. by the route of; through; via.

b. as a method or means of: to number articles by way of distinguishing them.

c. Brit. in the state or position of (being, doing, etc.); ostensibly: He is by way of being an authority on the subject.

24. come one's way , to come to one; befall one: A bit of good fortune came my way.

25. give way ,

a. to withdraw or retreat: The army gave way before the advance of the enemy.

b. to collapse; yield; break down: You will surely give way under the strain of overwork.

26. give way to ,

a. to yield to: He gave way to their entreaties.

b. to become unrestrained or uninhibited; lose control of (one's temper, emotions, etc.): I gave way to my rage and ordered them from the house.

27. go all the way , Slang.

a. to do completely or wholeheartedly.

b. to take a decisive action, esp. one from which no retreat is possible: Neither side wants to go all the way with nuclear warfare.

c. to engage in sexual intercourse.

28. go out of one's way , to do something that inconveniences one; make an unusual effort: Please don't go out of your way on my account.

29. have a way with , to have a charming, persuasive, or effective manner of dealing with: He has a way with children; to have a way with words.

30. have one's way with , (esp. of a man) to have sexual intercourse with, sometimes by intimidating or forcing one's partner.

31. in a family way , pregnant.

32. in a way , after a fashion; to some extent: In a way, she's the nicest person I know.

33. in someone's way , forming a hindrance, impediment, or obstruction: She might have succeeded in her ambition, had not circumstances been in her way. Also, in the way .

34. lead the way ,

a. to go along a course in advance of others, as a guide.

b. to take the initiative; be first or most prominent: In fashion she has always led the way.

35. make one's way ,

a. to go forward; proceed: to make one's way through the mud.

b. to achieve recognition or success; advance: to make one's way in the world.

36. make way ,

a. to allow to pass; clear the way: Make way for the king!

b. to relinquish to another; withdraw: He resigned to make way for a younger man.

c. Naut. to make forward or astern progress even though engines are not running.

37. no way , Informal. not under any circumstances; no: Apologize to him? No way!

38. out of the way ,

a. in a state or condition so as not to obstruct or hinder.

b. dealt with; disposed of: I feel better, now that one problem is out of the way.

c. murdered: to have a person put out of the way.

d. out of the frequented way; at a distance from the usual route.

e. improper; amiss: There was something decidedly out of the way about her explanation.

f. extraordinary; unusual: Such behavior was out of the way for him.

39. pave the way to or for . See pave (def. 2).

40. see one's way clear , to regard as suitable or possible; consider seriously: We couldn't see our way clear to spending so much money at once. Also, see one's way .

41. take one's way , to start out; travel; go: He took his way across the park and headed uptown.

[ bef. 900; ME wei ( gh ) e, wai, OE weg; c. D, G Weg, ON vegr, Goth wigs; akin to L vehere to carry ]

Syn. 3. scheme, device. See method. 4. detail, part. 7. space, interval. 10. track. 14. usage, practice, wont.

way 2

/way/ , adv.

1. Also, 'way . away; from this or that place: Go way.

2. to a great degree or at quite a distance; far: way too heavy; way down the road.

[ 1175-1225; ME, aph. var. of AWAY ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .