- 5Indicating location of a physical object beside a place or object: remains were discovered by the roadside the lamp was by the door
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noun (plural byes)Back to top
- variant spelling of bye1.
by and by
by and large
- On the whole; everything considered: mammals have, by and large, bigger brains than reptiles[originally in nautical use, describing the handling of a ship both with the wind and against it]
- see way.
Old English bī, bi, be, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bij and German bei.