Definition of byway in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbīˌwā/


1A road or track not following a main route; a minor road or path.
Example sentences
  • Extra patrols and traffic units will police the highways and byways to prevent road deaths this weekend.
  • Some smiles now, and many thanks to the staff of our technology desk, who have ploughed the highways and byways of the information superhighway for a selection of amusing advertisements.
  • Ideas start and end abruptly like driving through city streets, making unexpected turns down alleys before careening back onto the major streets, highways and byways.
1.1A little-known area or detail: byways of Russian music
More example sentences
  • Alternative culture is something the boys can retreat into; its arcane byways and fascinating backwaters are a mirror in some ways of Brooklyn itself.
  • New Jersey, an old state with many fascinating historical byways and a considerable fund of lore and legend, is the image of the future, assuming that the future is assigned a value of perhaps fifteen minutes.
  • I watched the head waiter stand over the only other inhabited table for 20 minutes, explaining some arcane byway of his art with an expansive warmth, while the couple stared up at him with rictus grins and hollow, screaming eyes.

Words that rhyme with byway

highway, skyway

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Syllabification: by·way

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