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Definitions of by

  1. Next or near to; with; along; over; through; in, on, or at; past and beyond; after. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. At the side of: near to: through, denoting the agent, cause, means, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. Beside; past; over (a course). The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. Through the agency or help of; with. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. In accordance with; according to. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. To the extent of; multiplied into. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Near; with; through, as author, maker, cause, means; according to; in the measure or quantity of; during; not later than. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. Near; close; at hand, & c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. On; along; in traversing. Compare 5. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Near to, while passing; hence, from one to the other side of; past; as, to go by a church. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Used in specifying adjacent dimensions; as, a cabin twenty feet by forty. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. With, as means, way, process, etc.; through means of; with aid of; through; through the act or agency of; as, a city is destroyed by fire; profit is made by commerce; to take by force. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. in reserve; not for immediate use; "started setting aside money to buy a car"; "put something by for her old age"; "has a nestegg tucked away for a rainy day" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. Near; in the neighborhood; present; as, there was no person by at the time. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Passing near; going past; past; beyond; as, the procession has gone by; a bird flew by. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Aside; as, to lay by; to put by. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Out of the common path; aside; -- used in composition, giving the meaning of something aside, secondary, or incidental, or collateral matter, a thing private or avoiding notice; as, by-line, by-place, by-play, by-street. It was formerly more freely used in composition than it is now; as, by-business, by-concernment, by-design, by-interest, etc. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. Near, present, aside; by and by, after some time. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. Near: passing near: in presence of: aside, away. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. Near to; through; denoting agency or means. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. Near; in passing; in presence of; away. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. At hand; near. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Beyond; past. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Aside; apart off; up. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Near: aside; away. By and-by, in a short time after; presently. By-the-by, by the way, as a passing remark aside from the main subject. By one's self, alone. To stand by, to stand near, or to support. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. Sometimes bye, as a prefix, means concealed; quiet; out of the direct way; private, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. Out of the common path; aside; - used in composition, giving the meaning of something aside, secondary, or incidental, or collateral matter, a thing private or avoiding notice; as, by-line, by-place, by-play, by-street. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. As a prefix, signifying side, secondary, private. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for by

  1. We understand by what we see, and we live by what we understand. – The Psychology of Beauty by Ethel D. Puffer
  2. By an'- by by all that's bad! – Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Bar-20 by Clarence Edward Mulford
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