Hypertext Webster Gateway: "way"

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

Way \Way\, adv. [Aphetic form of away.]
Away. [Obs. or Archaic] --Chaucer.

{To do way}, to take away; to remove. [Obs.] ``Do way your
hands.'' --Chaucer.

{To make way with}, to make away with. See under {Away}.

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

Way \Way\, n. [OE. wey, way, AS. weg; akin to OS., D., OHG., &
G. weg, Icel. vegr, Sw. v["a]g, Dan. vei, Goth. wigs, L. via,
and AS. wegan to move, L. vehere to carry, Skr. vah.
[root]136. Cf. {Convex}, {Inveigh}, {Vehicle}, {Vex}, {Via},
{Voyage}, {Wag}, {Wagon}, {Wee}, {Weigh}.]
1. 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; as, they built a
way to the mine. ``To find the way to heaven.'' --Shak.

I shall him seek by way and eke by street.

The way seems difficult, and steep to scale.

The season and ways were very improper for his
majesty's forces to march so great a distance.

2. Length of space; distance; interval; as, a great way; a
long way.

And whenever the way seemed long, Or his heart began
to fail. --Longfellow.

3. A moving; passage; procession; journey.

I prythee, now, lead the way. --Shak.

4. Course or direction of motion or process; tendency of
action; advance.

If that way be your walk, you have not far.

And let eternal justice take the way. --Dryden.

5. The means by which anything is reached, or anything is
accomplished; scheme; device; plan.

My best way is to creep under his gaberdine. --Shak.

By noble ways we conquest will prepare. --Dryden.

What impious ways my wishes took! --Prior.

6. Manner; method; mode; fashion; style; as, the way of
expressing one's ideas.

7. Regular course; habitual method of life or action; plan of
conduct; mode of dealing. ``Having lost the way of
nobleness.'' --Sir. P. Sidney.

Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths
are peace. --Prov. iii.

When men lived in a grander way. --Longfellow.

8. Sphere or scope of observation. --Jer. Taylor.

The public ministers that fell in my way. --Sir W.

9. Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct; as,
to have one's way.

10. (Naut.)
(a) Progress; as, a ship has way.
(b) pl. The timbers on which a ship is launched.

11. pl. (Mach.) The longitudinal guides, or guiding surfaces,
on the bed of a planer, lathe, or the like, along which a
table or carriage moves.

12. (Law) Right of way. See below.

{By the way}, in passing; apropos; aside; apart from, though
connected with, the main object or subject of discourse.

{By way of}, for the purpose of; as being; in character of.

{Covert way}. (Fort.) See {Covered way}, under {Covered}.

{In the family way}. See under {Family}.

{In the way}, so as to meet, fall in with, obstruct, hinder,

{In the way with}, traveling or going with; meeting or being
with; in the presence of.

{Milky way}. (Astron.) See {Galaxy}, 1.

{No way}, {No ways}. See {Noway}, {Noways}, in the

{On the way}, traveling or going; hence, in process;
advancing toward completion; as, on the way to this
country; on the way to success.

{Out of the way}. See under {Out}.

{Right of way} (Law), a right of private passage over
another's ground. It may arise either by grant or
prescription. It may be attached to a house, entry, gate,
well, or city lot, as well as to a country farm. --Kent.

{To be under way}, or {To have way} (Naut.), to be in motion,
as when a ship begins to move.

{To give way}. See under {Give}.

{To go one's way}, or {To come one's way}, to go or come; to
depart or come along. --Shak.

{To go the way of all the earth}, to die.

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

Way \Way\, v. t.
To go or travel to; to go in, as a way or path. [Obs.] ``In
land not wayed.'' --Wyclif.

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

Way \Way\, v. i.
To move; to progress; to go. [R.]

On a time as they together wayed. --Spenser.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a manner of performance; "a manner of living"; "in the
characteristic New York style"; "a way of life" [syn: {manner},
{mode}, {style}, {fashion}]
2: how a result is obtained or an end is achieved; "a means of
control"; "an example is the best agency of instruction";
"the true way to success" [syn: {means}, {agency}]
3: a journey or passage; "they are on the way"
4: the condition of things generally; "that's the way it is" or
"I felt the same way"
5: a course of conduct; "the path of virtue"; "we went our
separate ways"; "our paths in life led us apart"; "genius
usually follows a revolutionary path" [syn: {path}, {way
of life}]
6: any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage
from one place to another; "he said he was looking for the
way out"
7: a line leading to a place or point: "he looked the other
direction"; "didn't know the way home" [syn: {direction}]
8: the property of distance in general; "it's a long way to
Moscow"; (colloquial) "he went a long ways" [syn: {ways}]
9: doing as one pleases or chooses: "if I had my way"
10: a general category of things; used in the expression "in the
way of": "they didn't have much in the way of clothing"
11: space for movement; "room to pass"; "make way for": "hardly
enough elbow room to turn around" [syn: {room}, {elbow
12: a portion of something divided into shares: "the split the
loot three ways"
adv : (informal) to a great degree or by a great distance; very
much; "way over budget"; "way off base"; "right smart"
is regional (US S and Midland) as in "the other side of
the hill is right smart steeper than the side we are
on" [syn: {right smart}]

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