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[n] 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"
[n] a journey or passage; "they are on the way"
[n] 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"
[n] any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another; "he said he was looking for the way out"
[n] a manner of performance; "a manner of living"; "in the characteristic New York style"; "a way of life"
[n] the property of distance in general; "it's a long way to Moscow"; (colloquial) "he went a long ways"
[n] doing as one pleases or chooses; "if I had my way"
[n] a general category of things; used in the expression"in the way of"; "they didn't have much in the way of clothing"
[n] a line leading to a place or point; "he looked the other direction"; "didn't know the way home"
[n] a portion of something divided into shares; "the split the loot three ways"
[n] space for movement; "room to pass"; "make way for"; "hardly enough elbow room to turn around"
[n] the condition of things generally; "that's the way it is"; "I felt the same way"
[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"

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\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}. [Archaic]
\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]13
6. 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. --Chaucer. The way seems difficult, and steep to scale. --Milton. The season and ways were very improper for his majesty's forces to march so great a distance. --Evelyn.
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. --Milton. 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. 1
7. 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. Temple.
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. 1
1. 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. 1
2. (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, etc. {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 Vocabulary. {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. {To make one's way}, to advance in life by one's personal efforts. {To make way}. See under {Make}, v. t. {Ways and means}. (a) Methods; resources; facilities. (b) (Legislation) Means for raising money; resources for revenue. {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 town. {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. 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. All keep the broad highway, and take delight With many rather for to go astray. --Spenser. There is but one road by which to climb up. --Addison. When night Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine. --Milton.
\Way\, v. t. To go or travel to; to go in, as a way or path. [Obs.] ``In land not wayed.'' --Wyclif.
\Way\, v. i. To move; to progress; to go. [R.] On a time as they together wayed. --Spenser.

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