Hypertext Webster Gateway: "away"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Away \A*way"\, adv. [AS. aweg, anweg, onweg; on on + weg way.]
1. From a place; hence.

The sound is going away. --Shak.

Have me away, for I am sore wounded. --2 Chron.
xxxv. 23.

2. Absent; gone; at a distance; as, the master is away from

3. Aside; off; in another direction.

The axis of rotation is inclined away from the sun.

4. From a state or condition of being; out of existence.

Be near me when I fade away. --Tennyson.

5. By ellipsis of the verb, equivalent to an imperative: Go
or come away; begone; take away.

And the Lord said . . . Away, get thee down. --Exod.
xix. 24.

6. On; in continuance; without intermission or delay; as,
sing away. [Colloq.]

Note: It is much used in phrases signifying moving or going
from; as, go away, run away, etc.; all signifying
departure, or separation to a distance. Sometimes
without the verb; as, whither away so fast ? ``Love
hath wings, and will away.'' --Waller. It serves to
modify the sense of certain verbs by adding that of
removal, loss, parting with, etc.; as, to throw away;
to trifle away; to squander away, etc. Sometimes it has
merely an intensive force; as, to blaze away.

{Away with}, bear, abide. [Obs. or Archaic] ``The calling of
assemblies, I can not away with.'' (--Isa. i. 13), i. e.,
``I can not bear or endure [it].''

{Away with} one, signifies, take him away. ``Away with him,
crucify him.'' --John xix. 15.

{To make away with}.
(a) To kill or destroy.
(b) To carry off.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: distant in either space or time; "the town is a mile away";
"a country far away"; "the game is a week away" [syn:
2: away from home or business; "he didn't leave an away phone
number" [syn: {away(a)}]
3: not present; having left; "he's away right now"; "you must
not allow a stranger into the house when your mother is
away"; "everyone is gone now"; "the departed guests" [syn:
{away(p)}, {gone(p)}, {departed(a)}]
4: (sport) used of an opponent's ground; "an away game" [ant: {home(a)}]
5: (of a baseball pitch) on the far side of home plate from the
batter; "the pitch was away (or wide)"; "an outside pitch"
[syn: {outside}]
adv 1: from a particular thing or place or position; "ran away from
the lion"; " wanted to get away from there"; "sent the
children away to boarding school"; "the teacher waved
the children away from the dead animal"; "went off to
school"; "they drove off"; (`forth' is obsolete as in
"go forth and preach") [syn: {off}, {forth}]
2: from one's possession; "he gave out money to the poor";
"gave away the tickets" [syn: {out}]
3: out of the way (especially away from one's thoughts); "brush
the objections aside"; "pushed all doubts away" [syn: {aside}]
4: out of existence; "the music faded away"; "tried to explain
away the affair of the letter"- H.E.Scudder; "idled the
hours away"; "her fingernails were worn away"
5: at a distance in space or time; "the boat was 5 miles off
(or away)"; "the party is still 2 weeks off (or away)";
"away back in the 18th century" [syn: {off}]
6: indicating continuing action; continuously or steadily; "he
worked away at the project for more than a year"; "the
child kept hammering away as if his life depended on it"
7: so as to be removed or gotten rid of; "cleared the mess
away"; "the rotted wood had to be cut away"
8: freely or at will; "fire away!
9: in or into a proper place (especially for storage or
safekeeping); "put the toys away; "her jewels are locked
away in a safe"; "filed the letter away"
10: in a different direction; "turn aside"; "turn away one's
face"; "glanced away" [syn: {aside}]
11: 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" [syn: {aside},

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