bye

1 [bahy]
noun Also, by.
1.
Sports. in a tournament, the preferential status of a player or team not paired with a competitor in an early round and thus automatically advanced to play in the next round: The top three seeded players received byes in the first round.
2.
Golf. the holes of a stipulated course still unplayed after the match is finished.
3.
Cricket. a run made on a ball not struck by the batsman.
4.
something subsidiary, secondary, or out of the way.
adjective
5.
by1.
Idioms
6.
by the bye, by the way; incidentally: By the bye, how do you spell your name? Also, by the by.

Origin:
1710–20; variant spelling of by1 in its noun sense “side way”

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bye

2 [bahy]
interjection
by2.

bye-

variant of by-: bye-election.
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bye1 (baɪ)
 
n
1.  sport the situation in which a player or team in an eliminatory contest wins a preliminary round by virtue of having no opponent
2.  golf one or more holes of a stipulated course that are left unplayed after the match has been decided
3.  cricket See also leg bye a run scored off a ball not struck by the batsman: allotted to the team as an extra and not to the individual batsman
4.  something incidental or secondary
5.  by the bye incidentally; by the way: used as a sentence connector
 
[C16: a variant of by]

bye or bye-bye2
 
sentence substitute
informal (Brit) goodbye
 
bye-bye or bye-bye2
 
sentence substitute

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Word Origin & History

bye
in sporting use, a variant of by (prep). Originally in cricket, "a run scored on a ball that is missed by the wicket-keeper" (1746); later, in other sports, "position of one who is left without a competitor when the rest have drawn pairs" (1883).

bye
shortened form of good-bye. Reduplication bye-bye is recorded from 1709, though as a sound used to lull a child to sleep it is attested from 1630s.
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Example sentences
As minutes went bye the color red appeared as if the horizon was ablaze.
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