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way    : [w'e]
Way \Way\, adv. [Aphetic form of away.]
Away. [Obs. or Archaic] --Chaucer.
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{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}.
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Way \Way\, n. [OE. wey, way, AS. weg; akin to OS., D., OHG., &
G. weg, Icel. vegr, Sw. v[aum]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}.]
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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.
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I shall him seek by way and eke by street.
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The way seems difficult, and steep to scale.
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The season and ways were very improper for his
majesty's forces to march so great a distance.
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2. Length of space; distance; interval; as, a great way; a
long way.
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And whenever the way seemed long,
Or his heart began to fail. --Longfellow.
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3. A moving; passage; procession; journey.
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I prythee, now, lead the way. --Shak.
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4. Course or direction of motion or process; tendency of
action; advance.
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If that way be your walk, you have not far.
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And let eternal justice take the way. --Dryden.
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5. The means by which anything is reached, or anything is
accomplished; scheme; device; plan.
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My best way is to creep under his gaberdine. --Shak.
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By noble ways we conquest will prepare. --Dryden.
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What impious ways my wishes took! --Prior.
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6. Manner; method; mode; fashion; style; as, the way of
expressing one's ideas.
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7. Regular course; habitual method of life or action; plan of
conduct; mode of dealing. "Having lost the way of
nobleness." --Sir. P. Sidney.
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Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths
are peace. --Prov. iii.
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When men lived in a grander way. --Longfellow.
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8. Sphere or scope of observation. --Jer. Taylor.
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The public ministers that fell in my way. --Sir W.
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9. Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct; as,
to have one's way.
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10. (Naut.)
(a) Progress; as, a ship has way.
(b) pl. The timbers on which a ship is launched.
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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.
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12. (Law) Right of way. See below.
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{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 one's way} to proceed in a manner favorable to one; --
of events.

{To come one's way} to come into one's possession (of
objects) or to become available, as an opportunity; as,
good things will come your way.

{To go the way of all the earth} or

{to go the way of all flesh} to die.

{To make one's way}, to advance in life by one's personal

{To make way}. See under {Make}, v. t.

{Ways and means}.
(a) Methods; resources; facilities.
(b) (Legislation) Means for raising money; resources for

{Way leave}, permission to cross, or a right of way across,
land; also, rent paid for such right. [Eng]

{Way of the cross} (Eccl.), the course taken in visiting in
rotation the stations of the cross. See {Station}, n., 7
(c) .

{Way of the rounds} (Fort.), a space left for the passage of
the rounds between a rampart and the wall of a fortified

{Way pane}, a pane for cartage in irrigated land. See {Pane},
n., 4. [Prov. Eng.]

{Way passenger}, a passenger taken up, or set down, at some
intermediate place between the principal stations on a
line of travel.

{Ways of God}, his providential government, or his works.

{Way station}, an intermediate station between principal
stations on a line of travel, especially on a railroad.

{Way train}, a train which stops at the intermediate, or way,
stations; an accommodation train.

{Way warden}, the surveyor of a road.
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Syn: Street; highway; road.

Usage: {Way}, {Street}, {Highway}, {Road}. Way is generic,
denoting any line for passage or conveyance; a highway
is literally one raised for the sake of dryness and
convenience in traveling; a road is, strictly, a way
for horses and carriages; a street is, etymologically,
a paved way, as early made in towns and cities; and,
hence, the word is distinctively applied to roads or
highways in compact settlements.
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All keep the broad highway, and take delight
With many rather for to go astray. --Spenser.
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There is but one road by which to climb up.
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When night
Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons
Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.
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Way \Way\, v. t.
To go or travel to; to go in, as a way or path. [Obs.] "In
land not wayed." --Wyclif.
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Way \Way\, v. i.
To move; to progress; to go. [R.]
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On a time as they together wayed. --Spenser.
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adv 1: to a great degree or by a great distance; very much
(`right smart' is regional in the United States); "way
over budget"; "way off base"; "the other side of the hill
is right smart steeper than the side we are on" [synonym:
{way}, {right smart}]
n 1: how something is done or how it happens; "her dignified
manner"; "his rapid manner of talking"; "their nomadic mode
of existence"; "in the characteristic New York style"; "a
lonely way of life"; "in an abrasive fashion" [synonym:
{manner}, {mode}, {style}, {way}, {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" [synonym: {means}, {agency}, {way}]
3: a line leading to a place or point; "he looked the other
direction"; "didn't know the way home" [synonym: {direction},
4: the condition of things generally; "that's the way it is"; "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" [synonym: {way}, {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 journey or passage; "they are on the way"
8: space for movement; "room to pass"; "make way for"; "hardly
enough elbow room to turn around" [synonym: {room}, {way}, {elbow
9: the property of distance in general; "it's a long way to
Moscow"; "he went a long ways"
10: doing as one pleases or chooses; "if I had my way"
11: a general category of things; used in the expression `in the
way of'; "they didn't have much in the way of clothing"
12: a portion of something divided into shares; "they split the
loot three ways"

545 Moby Thesaurus words for "way":
ability, access, ache to, action, actions, activity, acts, address,
adit, admission, advance, advancement, advancing,
aesthetic distance, affectation, aim, aim at, air, air lock,
air space, alley, ambition, ample scope, animus, appetence,
appetency, appetite, application, apply for, approach, ardor, area,
arrangement, art, artery, ask, ask for, asking, attack, automatism,
avenue, azimuth, bad habit, bag, be desirous of, be dying to,
bearing, beg leave, behavior, behavior pattern, behavioral norm,
behavioral science, bent, bespeak, blank check, blueprint,
blueprinting, body-build, bon ton, boulevard, brand, breed,
burn to, byway, calculation, call for, capacity, capital, career,
carriage, carte blanche, cast, catch, channel, character,
characteristic, characteristics, charting, choice, choose,
choose to, class, clearance, command, command of language, compass,
complexion, comportment, composition, conation, conatus,
conception, concupiscence, conduct, conduit, conformity,
constituents, constitution, consuetude, continualness, continuance,
continuation, continuity, contrivance, convention, corridor,
course, crasis, crave, creature of habit, culture pattern,
cup of tea, curiosity, current, custom, dearest wish,
dearly love to, decide, decision, decree, deep space, demand,
demeanor, deportment, depths of space, desiderate, desideration,
desideratum, design, desire, determination, determine, device,
devices, dharma, diathesis, direction, direction line, discretion,
disposable resources, disposition, distance, ditch, divergence,
doing, doings, drag, drift, driftway, drive, duct, eagerness,
egress, elbowroom, endurance, enterprise, entrance, entranceway,
entree, entry, entryway, envisagement, established way, ethos,
etiquette, exaggeration, exit, expressed desire,
expression of ideas, extension, extent, fancy, fantasy, farness,
fashion, favor, feel, feeling for words, fiber, field, figuring,
file for, folkway, forbidden fruit, force of habit, foresight,
forethought, form, form of speech, forte, forward motion,
forwardal, forwarding, frame, free choice, free course, free hand,
free play, free scope, free will, full scope, full swing, funds,
furtherance, furthering, game, gangplank, gangway, genius,
gestures, glimmering goal, go-ahead, goings-on, golden vision,
grace of expression, grain, grandiloquence, graphing, ground plan,
guidelines, guise, habit, habit pattern, habitude, hall, hang,
have designs on, heading, headroom, headway, helmsmanship, highway,
hope, horme, hue, humor, humors, idea, ilk, impetration, in,
inclination, indent, infinity, inflation, ingress, inlet, intake,
intellectual curiosity, intention, itch to, kidney, kind, knack,
lane, latitude, lay, layout, leeway, length, lengthening, libido,
lie, light-years, like, like to, liking, line, line of direction,
line of march, lineup, literary style, lodestone, long rope,
long suit, long to, long-range plan, love, love to, lust,
lust after, lust for learning, magnet, main interest, maintenance,
maintien, make a request, make a requisition, make application,
makeup, maneuvering space, manner, manner of speaking, mannerism,
manners, mapping, march, margin, master plan, means,
means of access, method, methodology, methods, metier, mien,
mileage, mind, mode, mode of expression, modus, modus vivendi,
mold, mores, motions, movements, moves, nature, navigation, need,
no holds barred, objective, observable behavior, observance,
ongoing, onward course, open space, opening, operations research,
order, organization, orientation, parsecs, passage, passageway,
passion, path, pattern, peculiarity, perpetuation, perseverance,
persistence, personal style, perspective, pet subject, petition,
physique, piece, piloting, plan, planning, play, pleasure,
pleasure principle, plum, point, poise, port, pose, posture, power,
practice, praxis, prearrangement, prefer, prescription, presence,
prize, procedure, proceeding, program, program of action, progress,
progression, progressiveness, prolongation, promotion,
proper thing, property, protraction, pursuance, pursuit,
put in for, quality, quarter, range, rationalization, reach,
recourses, remoteness, repetition, request, requisition,
resolution, resolve, resorts, resources, rhetoric, ride, ritual,
road, rolling, rolling on, room, room to spare, rope, route, row,
run, schedule, schema, schematism, schematization, scheme,
scheme of arrangement, scope, sea room, second nature, see fit,
sense of language, separation, set, setup, sexual desire, shape,
social convention, social science, somatotype, sort, space, span,
spare room, specialism, speciality, specialization, specialty,
species, spirit, stamp, standard behavior, standard usage,
standing custom, staying power, steerage, steerageway, steering,
stereotype, stereotyped behavior, sternway, stock, straight course,
strain, strategic plan, strategy, streak, street, stretch, stride,
stripe, strong point, style, stylistic analysis, stylistics,
suchness, supply, sustained action, sustenance, swing, system,
systematization, tactical plan, tactics, take to, technicality,
technique, temper, temperament, temptation, tendency, tenor,
the big picture, the grand style, the picture, the plain style,
the sublime, thing, think fit, think good, think proper,
thirst for knowledge, thoroughfare, time-honored practice,
tolerance, tone, touch, track, tradition, travel, trench, trend,
trick, trophy, trough, troughing, troughway, tunnel, turn, type,
uninterrupted course, unremittingness, urge, usage, use, variety,
vein, velleity, vestibule, vocation, volition, want, want to,
wanting, way in, way of life, ways, ways and means, weakness,
what is done, wherewith, wherewithal, whistle for, wide berth,
will, will and pleasure, will power, wise, wish, wish fulfillment,
wish to, wish to goodness, wish very much, wont, wonting,
working plan, would fain do

WAY, estates. A passage, street or road. A right of way is a privilege which
an individual or a particular description of persons, such as the
inhabitants of a particular place, or the owners or occupiers of such place
may have, of going over another person's ground.
2. It is an incorporeal hereditament of a real nature, a mere easement,
entirely different from public or private roads.
3. A right of way may arise, 1. By prescription and immemorial usage. 2
McCord, 447 5 Har. & John. 474; Co. Litt. 113, b; Br. Chem. 2; 1 Roll. Ab.
936. 2. By grant. 3 Lev. 305; 1 Ld. Raym. 75; 17 Mass. 416; Crabb on R. P.
Sec. 366. 3. By reservation 4. By custom. 5. By acts of the legislature. 6.
From necessity, when a man's ground is enclosed and completely blocked up,
so that he cannot, without passing over his neighbor's land, reach the
public road. For example, should A grant a piece of land to B, surrounded by
land belonging to A; a right of way over A's land passes of necessity to B,
otherwise he could not derive any benefit from the acquisition. Vide 3
Rawle, 495; 2 Fairf. R. 1,56; 2 Mass. 203; 2 McCord, 448; 3 McCord, 139; 2
Pick. 577; 14 Mass. 56; 2 Hill, S. C. R. 641; and Necessity. The way is to
be taken where it will be least injurious to the owner. 4 Kent, Com. 338. 4.
Lord Coke, adopting the civil law, says there are three kinds of ways. 1. A
foot-way, called iter. 2. A foot-way and horse-way, called adus. 3. A cart-
way, which contains the other two, called via. Co. Lit. 56, a; Pothier,
Pandectae, lib. 8, t. 3, Sec. 1; Dig. 8, 3; 1 Bro. Civ. Law, 177. Vide Yelv.
142, n; Id. 164; Woodf. Landl. & Ten. 544; 4 Kent, Com. 337; Ayl. Pand. 307;
Cruise's Dig. tit. 24; 1 Taunt. R. 279; R. & M. 151; 1 Bail. R. 58; 2 Hill.
Abr. c. 6; Crabb on Real Prop. Sec. 360 to 397; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.;
Easement; Servitude.

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