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[vahy-uh, vee-uh] /ˈvaɪ ə, ˈvi ə/
by a route that touches or passes through; by way of:
to fly to Japan via the North Pole.
by the agency or instrumentality of:
a solution via an inquiry.
Architecture. a space between two mutules.
Origin of via
1770-80; < Latin viā, ablative of via way Unabridged
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  • After five days' halt at Skardo, Gatacre started on his return journey, via Leh.

    General Gatacre Beatrix Gatacre
  • And do you remember the street that turns off left, the via Poli?

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • "I must do something I intended to do," he said, between his set teeth, and pushed on up through the via Guicciardini.

    Indian Summer William D. Howells
  • The answer arrived, via telephone, about eight that evening.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • None the less the via media they offered has penetrated English thought.

    Cambridge Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
British Dictionary definitions for via


by way of; by means of; through: to London via Paris
Word Origin
C18: from Latin viā, from via way
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Word Origin and History for via

1779, from Latin via "by way of," ablative form of via "way, road, channel, course," from PIE *wegh- (see weigh).

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