What does way mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manner, mode, style, way, fashion(noun)

    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"

  2. means, agency, way(noun)

    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"

  3. direction, way(noun)

    a line leading to a place or point

    "he looked the other direction"; "didn't know the way home"

  4. way(noun)

    the condition of things generally

    "that's the way it is"; "I felt the same way"

  5. way, path, way of life(noun)

    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"

  6. way(noun)

    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. way(noun)

    a journey or passage

    "they are on the way"

  8. room, way, elbow room(noun)

    space for movement

    "room to pass"; "make way for"; "hardly enough elbow room to turn around"

  9. way(noun)

    the property of distance in general

    "it's a long way to Moscow"; "he went a long ways"

  10. way(noun)

    doing as one pleases or chooses

    "if I had my way"

  11. way(noun)

    a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of'

    "they didn't have much in the way of clothing"

  12. way(adverb)

    a portion of something divided into shares

    "they split the loot three ways"

  13. way, right smart(adverb)

    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"


  1. Way(ProperNoun)

    the South Downs Way

    We're walking along the Way now.

    Etymology: From weg. Cognate with Dutch weg, German Weg, Swedish väg, Latin vehere, via.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Way(adverb)


    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  2. Way(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  3. Way(noun)

    length of space; distance; interval; as, a great way; a long way

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  4. Way(noun)

    a moving; passage; procession; journey

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  5. Way(noun)

    course or direction of motion or process; tendency of action; advance

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  6. Way(noun)

    the means by which anything is reached, or anything is accomplished; scheme; device; plan

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  7. Way(noun)

    manner; method; mode; fashion; style; as, the way of expressing one's ideas

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  8. Way(noun)

    regular course; habitual method of life or action; plan of conduct; mode of dealing

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  9. Way(noun)

    sphere or scope of observation

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  10. Way(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  11. Way(noun)

    progress; as, a ship has way

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  12. Way(noun)

    the timbers on which a ship is launched

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  13. Way(noun)

    the longitudinal guides, or guiding surfaces, on the bed of a planer, lathe, or the like, along which a table or carriage moves

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  14. Way(noun)

    right of way. See below

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  15. Way(verb)

    to go or travel to; to go in, as a way or path

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

  16. Way(verb)

    to move; to progress; to go

    Etymology: [Aphetic form of away.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Way

    wā, v.t. (Spens.) to weigh, esteem.

  2. Way

    wā, n. passage: road: length of space: distance: direction: manner of life: condition, state: advance in life: general manner of acting: means: manner: will: (naut.) progress or motion through the water, headway.—v.i. (Spens.) to journey.—ns. Way′-bag′gage (U.S.), baggage to be laid down at a way-station; Way′-bill, list of passengers and goods carried by a coach; Way′-board, Weigh′-board, a thin stratum or seam separating thicker strata; Way′bread, the common plantain.—v.i. Way′fāre, to travel on foot.—n. Way′fārer, a traveller or passenger.—adj. Way′fāring, travelling or passing.—n. Way′fāring-tree, the Viburnum lantana, a large shrub common in British hedges.—adjs. Way′-gō′ing, departing; Way′gone, exhausted by travelling.—v.t. Way′lay, to lie in the way for: to watch or lie in ambush for.—n. Waylay′er.—adj. Way′less, without a path.—ns. Way′-māk′er, a pioneer, path-finder; Way′-mark, -post, guide-post; Way′-pass′enger, one taken up or set down by the way; Way′-side, the side of a way, path, or highway.—adj. growing or lying near the way-side.—ns. Way′-slid′ing (rare), a wandering from the right way; Way′-stā′tion, an intermediate station between principal stations on a railway; Way′-this′tle, the Canada thistle; Way′-traff′ic, local traffic, as distinguished from through or express traffic; Way′-train (U.S.), a train stopping at most of the stations on a line.—adj. Way′ward, froward: wilful: irregular.—n. Way′-war′den, a keeper of roads.—adv. Way′wardly.—n. Way′wardness.—adj. Way′worn, worn-out by travel.—n. Right′-of-way (see Right).—Way of the Cross, a series of pictorial representations representing the stages of Christ's progress to Calvary: devotions used in connection with these stages; Ways and means, resources: methods of raising money for the carrying on of government.—Be under way, Have way (naut.), to be in progress, as a vessel; By the way, as we go on; By way of, as for the purpose of: in character of; Come one's way, to come in one's direction; Committee of ways and means, the House of Commons in its capacity of raising the supplies; Give way (see Give); Go one's way (see Go); Go the way of all the earth, to die; Have one's way, to carry one's point or wish; In a small way, on a petty scale; In the family way (see Family); In the way, on the way: impeding, obstructing; In the way of

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. way

    Is sometimes the same as the ship's rake or run, forward or backward, but is most commonly understood of her sailing. Way is often used for wake. Thus when she begins her motion she is said to be under way; and when that motion increases, to have fresh-way through the water. Hence, also, she is said to have head-way or stern-way, to gather way or to lose way, &c. (See WIND'S-WAY.)--Gangway, means a clear space to pass. The gangway is the side space between the forecastle and quarter-deck. 'WAY ALOFT! OR 'WAY UP! The command when the crew are required aloft to loose, reef, furl sails, or man yards, &c.

Editors Contribution

  1. way

    A plan to achieve.

    There is always a way for unity to succeed.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  
  2. way

    The ability to do

    They always achieve their goals as they are fair and just.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'way' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #99

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'way' in Written Corpus Frequency: #122

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'way' in Nouns Frequency: #4

How to pronounce way?

  1. Alex
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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of way in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of way in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of way in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Crocker:

    The government can only insulate its actions from public scrutiny in this way in the rarest circumstances, which likely do not apply here.

  2. Donald Trump:

    We have a long way to go as far as tariffs, where China is concerned, if we want. We have another $325 billion that we can put a tariff on if we want.

  3. Kit Juckes:

    China's economy is in a very bad way indeed.

  4. L.F. Magister:

    Never expect to achieve tomorrow what you can get today. Different of the fruits that fall alone, the sky can never be achieved in the same way.

  5. Fausto Spotorno:

    The notes had to be transferred into bonds before they could be sold as a way of increasing central bank reserves, the central bank could also try to use them as collateral for a loan, at least in the local market and perhaps with the international investment banks.

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    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    • A. transpire
    • B. abash
    • C. elaborate
    • D. efface

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