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Definition of By


  1. In the neighborhood of; near or next to; not far from; close to; along with; as, come and sit by me.
  2. On; along; in traversing. Compare 5.
  3. Near to, while passing; hence, from one to the other side of; past; as, to go by a church.
  4. Used in specifying adjacent dimensions; as, a cabin twenty feet by forty.
  5. Against.
  6. 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. Near; in the neighborhood; present; as, there was no person by at the time.
  8. Passing near; going past; past; beyond; as, the procession has gone by; a bird flew by.
  9. Aside; as, to lay by; to put by.
  10. 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.

By Translations

by in Afrikaans is jeens, by, per, teen, om, langs, deur, met, naby
by in Dutch is aan, nabij, naast, bij, dichtbij
by in Italian is presso
by in Latin is per
by in Portuguese is por
by in Spanish is hasta, al
by in Swedish is av, vid, bredvid, till, genom