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[bahy] /baɪ/
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 of bye1
1710-1720
1710-20; variant spelling of by1 in its noun sense “side way”

bye2

or by

[bahy] /baɪ/
interjection
1.

bye-

1.
variant of by-:
bye-election.

by2

or bye

[bahy] /baɪ/
interjection
1.
goodbye:
By now, come again sometime!
Origin
by shortening
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bye1

/baɪ/
noun
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) a run scored off a ball not struck by the batsman: allotted to the team as an extra and not to the individual batsman See also leg bye
4.
something incidental or secondary
5.
by the bye, incidentally; by the way: used as a sentence connector
Word Origin
C16: a variant of by

bye2

sentence substitute
1.
(Brit, informal) goodbye

by1

/baɪ/
preposition
1.
used to indicate the agent after a passive verb: seeds eaten by the birds
2.
used to indicate the person responsible for a creative work: this song is by Schubert
3.
via; through: enter by the back door
4.
followed by a gerund to indicate a means used: he frightened her by hiding behind the door
5.
beside; next to; near: a tree by the house
6.
passing the position of; past: he drove by the old cottage
7.
not later than; before: return the books by Tuesday
8.
used to indicate extent, after a comparative: it is hotter by five degrees than it was yesterday
9.
(esp in oaths) invoking the name of: I swear by all the gods
10.
multiplied by: four by three equals twelve
11.
(in habitual sentences) during the passing of (esp in the phrases by day, by night)
12.
placed between measurements of the various dimensions of something: a plank fourteen inches by seven
adverb
13.
near: the house is close by
14.
away; aside: he put some money by each week for savings
15.
passing a point near something; past: he drove by
16.
(Scot) past; over and done with: that's a' by now
17.
(Scot) aside; behind one: you must put that by you
noun (pl) byes
18.
a variant spelling of bye1
Word Origin
Old English bī; related to Gothic bi, Old High German , Sanskrit abhi to, towards

by2

abbreviation
1.
Belarus
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Word Origin and History for 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), originally in lawn-tennis.

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.

by

prep.

Old English be- (unstressed) or bi (stressed) "near, in, by, during, about," from Proto-Germanic *bi "around, about" (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian bi "by near," Middle Dutch bie, Dutch bij, German bei "by, at, near," Gothic bi "about"), from *umbi (cognate with second element in PIE *ambhi "around," cf. Sanskrit abhi "toward, to," Greek amphi- "around, about;" see ambi-).

Originally an adverbial particle of place, in which sense it is retained in place names (Whitby, Grimsby, etc.). Elliptical use for "secondary course" (opposed to main; e.g. byway, also cf. by-blow "illegitimate child," 1590s) was in Old English. This also is the sense of the second by in the phrase by the by (1610s). By the way literally means "in passing by" (mid-14c.); used figuratively to introduce a tangential observation by 1540s.

Phrase by and by (early 14c.) originally meant "one by one," modern sense is from 1520s. By and large (1660s) originally was nautical, "sailing to the wind and off it," hence "in one direction then another."

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Slang definitions & phrases for bye

bye

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take a bye

by

preposition

  1. With; as far as concerns: Five skins is jake by me
  2. At; to; at the place of: I'll buy you a drink by Antek

Related Terms

get away with something, get by

[1920s+; fr direct transcription of Yiddish prepositional use into English]

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Related Abbreviations for bye

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bye in the Bible

in the expression "by myself" (A.V., 1 Cor. 4:4), means, as rendered in the Revised Version, "against myself."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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