Definitions for BYbaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bybaɪ(prep.; adv.; adj.; n.)(pl.)byes.

  1. (prep.)near to or next to:

    a home by a lake.

  2. over the surface of, through the medium of, along, or using as a route:

    She came by air.

  3. on, as a means of conveyance:

    to arrive by ship.

  4. to and beyond a place; past:

    We drove by the church.

  5. during:

    by day; by night.

  6. not later than:

    I'll be done by five o'clock.

  7. to the extent or amount of:

    taller by three inches.

  8. from the evidence or authority of:

    By his own account he was there.

  9. according to:

    a bad movie by any standards.

  10. through the agency of:

    The booklet was issued by the government.

  11. from the hand or invention of:

    a poem by Emily Dickinson.

  12. as a result or on the basis of:

    We met by chance.

  13. in support of; for:

    to do well by one's children.

  14. (of things in succession) after; next after:

    piece by piece.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  15. (in multiplication) taken the number of times as that specified by the second number, or multiplier:

    Multiply 18 by 57.

    Category: Math

  16. (in measuring shapes, spaces, etc.) with another dimension of:

    a room 10 feet by 12 feet.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  17. (in division) separated into the number of equal parts as that specified by the second number, or divisor:

    Divide 99 by 33.

    Category: Math

  18. in terms or amounts of:

    Apples are sold by the bushel.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  19. begot or born of:

    She had a son by her first husband.

  20. (of quadrupeds) having as a sire:

    Equipoise II by Equipoise.

  21. one point toward on the compass:

    N by NE.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  22. to, into, or at:

    Come by my office this afternoon.

  23. (adv.)at hand; near:

    The school is close by.

  24. to and beyond a point; past:

    The car drove by.

  25. aside; away:

    to lay by money for retirement.

  26. to or at someone's home, office, etc.:

    Stop by later.

  27. past; over:

    in times gone by.

  28. (adj.)situated to one side:

    a by passage.

  29. incidental:

    a by comment.

  30. Ref: bye1 1 1

  31. Ref: Also, bye. 1 1 6

Idioms for by:

  1. by and by, before long; presently.

    Category: Idiom

  2. by and large, in general; on the whole.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of by:

bef. 900; ME; OE


  1. Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: bye2 1 2


  1. a combining form of by1: by-product; bystander.

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Compare bye-. 2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. by, past(adverb)

    so as to pass a given point

    "every hour a train goes past"

  2. aside, by, away(adverb)

    in reserve; not for immediate use

    "started setting aside money to buy a car"; "put something by for her old age"; "has a nest egg tucked away for a rainy day"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. by(preposition)ɪ

    indicates who did an action when used with a passive verb

    products made by the Chinese; a book by Al Gore

  2. byɪ

    near to

    I saw it by the back door.

  3. byɪ


    a car driving by us

  4. byɪ

    indicates how sth is done

    sent by email; traveling by plane/bus/car/train/boat; You won't achieve anything by lying.; a path lit by moonlight

  5. byɪ

    before or not later than

    We'll be done by 6:00.; asleep by the time I got home; They should be back by now.

  6. byɪ

    as a result of sth

    death by drowning; I dialed your number by mistake.

  7. byɪ

    indicates a measured amount, rate, etc.

    The ball missed my head by half an inch.; I get paid by the hour.; The room is 16' by 16'.

  8. byɪ

    according to

    By law, teenagers cannot drive at night.; I knew by the look on mom's face.

  9. byɪ

    indicates which part sb touches

    She grabbed the boy by the hand.; to pick up the suitcase by the strap

  10. byɪ

    indicates sth that may not be related to the conversation

    By the way, have you seen Emily lately?

  11. byɪ

    indicates that sth happens gradually

    Week by week she felt better.

  12. by(adverb)ɪ


    people walking by; A few minutes went by.

  13. byɪ

    to visit for a short time

    I went by my parents on the way home.


  1. by(Noun)

    A pass

  2. by(Adverb)

    Along a path which runs by the speaker.

    I watched as it passed by.

  3. by(Adverb)

    In the vicinity, near.

  4. by(Adverb)

    To or at a place, as a residence or place of business.

  5. by(Adverb)

    Aside, away.

    The women spent much time after harvest putting jams by for winter and spring.

  6. by(Adjective)

    Out of the way, subsidiary.

  7. by(Preposition)

    Near or next to.

    The mailbox is by the bus stop.

  8. by(Preposition)

    At some time before (the given time), or before the end of a given time interval.

  9. by(Preposition)

    Through the action or presence of.

  10. by(Preposition)

    Existing through the authorship etc of.

    There are many well-known plays by William Shakespeare

  11. by(Preposition)

    Through the action of, caused by, responsibility for; by dint of.

  12. by(Preposition)

    Involving/using the means of.

    I avoided the guards by moving only when they weren't looking.

  13. by(Preposition)

    Using the rules or logic of.

    I sorted the items by category.

  14. by(Preposition)

    With a change of.

    Our stock is up by ten percent.

  15. by(Preposition)

    According to.

    He cheated by his own admission.

  16. by(Preposition)

    With the authority of.

Webster Dictionary

  1. By

    in the neighborhood of; near or next to; not far from; close to; along with; as, come and sit by me

  2. By

    on; along; in traversing. Compare 5

  3. By

    near to, while passing; hence, from one to the other side of; past; as, to go by a church

  4. By

    used in specifying adjacent dimensions; as, a cabin twenty feet by forty

  5. By


  6. By

    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

  7. By(adverb)

    near; in the neighborhood; present; as, there was no person by at the time

  8. By(adverb)

    passing near; going past; past; beyond; as, the procession has gone by; a bird flew by

  9. By(adverb)

    aside; as, to lay by; to put by

  10. By(adj)

    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


  1. by

    .by is the Internet country code top-level domain for Belarus. It is administered by The Operative-analytical center of the Republic of Belarus. The code "BY" originates from "Byelorussia", which is transcription of Russian name for the country. It was officially used during their inclusion in the Soviet Union. The ccTLD was created for Belarus on May 10, 1994.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #18

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #100

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BY' in Adverbs Frequency: #239

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They stood by and watched.

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