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Definitions for BY

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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"


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. By

    bī, prep. at the side of: near to: through, denoting the agent, cause, means, &c.—adv. near: passing near: in presence of: aside, away.—adv. By′-and-by, soon, presently.—ns. By′-blow, a side blow: an illegitimate child; By′-cor′ner, an out-of-the-way place; By′-drink′ing (Shak.), drinking between meals; By′-elec′tion, a parliamentary election during the sitting of parliament: By′-end, a subsidiary aim; By′-form, a form of a word slightly varying from it; By′-gō′ing, the action of passing by, esp. In the by-going.—adj. By′gone.—ns. By′-lane, a side lane or passage out of the common road; By′-mō′tive, an unavowed motive; By′name, a nickname; By′-pass′age, a side passage.—adj. By′-past (Shak.), past: gone by.—ns. By′path, a side path; By′-place, a retired place; By′play, a scene carried on, subordinate to and apart from the main part of the play; By′-prō′duct, an accessory product resulting from some specific process or manufacture; By′road, a retired side road; By′room (Shak.), a side or private room; By′-speech, a casual speech; By′stander, one who stands by or near one—hence a looker-on; By′-street, an obscure street; By′-thing, a thing of minor importance; By′-time, leisure time; By′way, a private and obscure way; By′word, a common saying: a proverb: an object of common derision; By′work, work for leisure hours.—By-the-by, By the way, in passing.—Let bygones be bygones, let the past alone. [A.S. bi, big; Ger. bei, L. ambi.]

  2. By

    Bye, bī, n. anything of minor importance, a side issue, a thing not directly aimed at: the condition of being odd, as opposed to even, the state of being left without a competitor, as in tennis, &c.: in cricket, a run stolen by the batsman on the ball passing the wicket-keeper and long-stop, the batsman not having struck the ball.—By-the-bye, or -by, incidentally, by the way.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. by

    On or close to the wind.--Full and by, not to lift or shiver the sails; rap-full.

Editors Contribution

  1. by

    To exist.

    The person is known by the name of John.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BY in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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  • بجانب, بِ, في, بواسطة, لِ, عندArabic
  • za, do, prostřednictvím, pomocí, o, u, podle, po, odCzech
  • efter, ved, af, omkring, ved at, forbi, medDanish
  • mit, indem, bei, bis, nach, längs, von, mittels, um, durchGerman
  • μαGreek
  • per, de, apud, farEsperanto
  • por, paraSpanish
  • تاPersian
  • mukaisesti, ohi, vieressä, mukaan, kautta, mennessäFinnish
  • de, par, avant, moyen, enFrench
  • trochWestern Frisian
  • seachad, leScottish Gaelic
  • לפי, על ידיHebrew
  • तक, सेHindi
  • általHungarian
  • մոտ, կողքինArmenian
  • kena, sebelah, olehIndonesian
  • per, apud, daIdo
  • eftir, við, fyrirIcelandic
  • entro, con, per, da, del, accanto, vicinoItalian
  • על ידיHebrew
  • により, 作, 側, で, 従う, に, 沿う, によって, 著, までJapanese
  • 까지, 에Korean
  • tê re, heta, bi, li rex, ji alî, bi destê, li, ta, di ber re, li nêzîKurdish
  • a, cata, apud, aput, abLatin
  • до, кајMacedonian
  • mengikut, oleh, menjelang, dengan, di sepanjang, demi, di sebelah, perMalay
  • biMaltese
  • door, op, bij, per, tegen, vanwege, langs, metDutch
  • ved, med, innen, etter, for, avNorwegian
  • po, obok, przez, na, według, za, do, o, przyPolish
  • por, em, até, de, [[por]] [[mim]], perto, próximo, [[por]] [[nós]], a, próximo dePortuguese
  • de, cu, lângăRomanian
  • во, с, к, за, до, по, у, на, имя, около, помощь, рядомRussian
  • od, po, za, pri, s, z, doSlovene
  • av, med, intill, längs, vid, efter, längs med, genom attSwedish
  • மூலம்Tamil
  • ข้าง, โดย, เคียง, ติดกับThai
  • tarafındanTurkish
  • تك, سے, کی طرف سےUrdu
  • cạnh, vào, theo như, trước, bằng cách, theo, bởi, bên cạnh, kề, theo cách, tuân theo, bên, của, từng, gần, quaVietnamese
  • 通过Chinese

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