byway


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by·way

 (bī′wā′)
n.
1. A side road. Also called byroad.
2. A secondary or arcane field of study.

byway

(ˈbaɪˌweɪ)
n
1. a secondary or side road, esp in the country
2. an area, field of study, etc, that is very obscure or of secondary importance

by•way

(ˈbaɪˌweɪ)

n.
1. a secluded, obscure, or little-used road.
2. a subsidiary or obscure field of research, endeavor, etc.
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.byway - a side road little traveled (as in the countryside)byway - a side road little traveled (as in the countryside)
road, route - an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
Translations

byway

[ˈbaɪweɪ] Ncamino m poco frecuentado
the byways of historylos aspectos poco conocidos de la historia

byway

[ˈbaɪweɪ] nchemin m détourné
References in classic literature ?
I would see one of the clumsy bovine-creatures who worked the launch treading heavily through the undergrowth, and find myself asking, trying hard to recall, how he differed from some really human yokel trudging home from his mechanical labours; or I would meet the Fox-bear woman's vulpine, shifty face, strangely human in its speculative cunning, and even imagine I had met it before in some city byway.
And always and everywhere I found saloons, on highway and byway, up narrow alleys and on busy thoroughfares, bright-lighted and cheerful, warm in winter, and in summer dark and cool.
There he wandered for a long time, through highway and byway, through dingly dell and forest skirts.
Out of the dark byways of villainy and deceit they had crawled across our path--into the same byways they crawled back secretly and were lost.
To which Sancho answered, "I spent them for my own good, and my wife's, and my children's, and it is they that have made my wife bear so patiently all my wanderings on highways and byways, in the service of my master, Don Quixote; for if after all this time I had come back to the house without a rap and without the ass, it would have been a poor look-out for me; and if anyone wants to know anything more about me, here I am, ready to answer the king himself in person; and it is no affair of anyone's whether I took or did not take, whether I spent or did not spend; for the whacks that were given me in these journeys were to be paid for in money, even if they were valued at no more than four maravedis apiece, another hundred crowns would not pay me for half of them.
I exulted in the boundless freedom of the design; the open air of that immense scene, where adventure followed adventure with the natural sequence of life, and the days and the nights were not long enough for the events that thronged them, amidst the fields and woods, the streams and hills, the highways and byways, hostelries and hovels, prisons and palaces, which were the setting of that matchless history.
As it advanced, the mender of roads would discern without surprise, that it was a shaggy-haired man, of almost barbarian aspect, tall, in wooden shoes that were clumsy even to the eyes of a mender of roads, grim, rough, swart, steeped in the mud and dust of many highways, dank with the marshy moisture of many low grounds, sprinkled with the thorns and leaves and moss of many byways through woods.
The two gentlemen traveled by byways in order not to encounter the Mazarinists scattered about the Isle of France, and also to escape the Frondeurs, who were in possession of Normandy and who never failed to conduct captives to the Duc de Longueville, in order that he might ascertain whether they were friends or foes.
The youth narrated the events of the morning, concluding with, "These, then, be my men, father; and together we shall fare forth upon the highways and into the byways of England, to collect from the rich English pigs that living which you have ever taught me was owing us.
She had discovered that a lane opened out below the apple orchard and ran up through a belt of woodland; and she had explored it to its furthest end in all its delicious vagaries of brook and bridge, fir coppice and wild cherry arch, corners thick with fern, and branching byways of maple and mountain ash.
In reality he was much in earnest and sometimes suffered prolonged periods of re- morse because he could not go crying the word of God in the highways and byways of the town.
Instead of returning to the king, however, he conducted his troop by byways back to the forest, and called forth Iron Hans.