thereby


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there·by

 (thâr-bī′)
adv.
1. By that means; because of that.
2. In connection with that: "And thereby hangs a tale" (Shakespeare).

thereby

(ˌðɛəˈbaɪ; ˈðɛəˌbaɪ)
adv
1. by that means; because of that
2. archaic by or near that place; thereabouts

there•by

(ˌðɛərˈbaɪ, ˈðɛərˌbaɪ)

adv.
1. by that; by means of that.
2. in that connection or relation: Thereby hangs a tale.
3. by or near that place.
[before 900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.thereby - by that means or because of that; "He knocked over the red wine, thereby ruining the table cloth"
Translations

thereby

[ˈðɛəˈbaɪ] ADVasí, de ese modo
thereby hangs a taleeso tiene su cuento

thereby

[ˌðɛərˈbaɪ] advainsi

thereby

advdadurch, damit; and thereby hangs a taleund da gibt es eine Geschichte dazu

thereby

[ˌðɛəˈbaɪ] advcon ciò
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Making a dart at the table, she secured the coffee, which she immediately spilled, thereby making the front of her dress as bad as the back.
She grew fond of her husband, realizing with some unaccountable satisfaction that no trace of passion or excessive and fictitious warmth colored her affection, thereby threatening its dissolution.
He had no right to be a martyr; and, beholding him so fit to be happy and so feeble for all other purposes, a generous, strong, and noble spirit would, methinks, have been ready to sacrifice what little enjoyment it might have planned for itself, --it would have flung down the hopes, so paltry in its regard,--if thereby the wintry blasts of our rude sphere might come tempered to such a man.
Nothing is too small or too trifling to undergo this change, and acquire dignity thereby.
And in the first place, you will be so good as to unsay that story about selling his head, which if true I take to be good evidence that this harpooneer is stark mad, and I've no idea of sleeping with a madman; and you, sir, you I mean, landlord, you, sir, by trying to induce me to do so knowingly, would thereby render yourself liable to a criminal prosecution.
Thereby, the whale commanders are enabled to recognise each other upon the ocean, even at considerable distances, and with no small facility.
There must, he says, be a lower class, given up to physical toil and confined to an animal nature; and a higher one thereby acquires leisure and wealth for a more expanded intelligence and improvement, and becomes the directing soul of the lower.
And so they rode and came into a deep valley full of stones, and thereby they saw a fair stream of water; above thereby was the head of the stream, a fair foun- tain, and three damsels sitting thereby.
With golden comb so lustrous, And thereby a song sings, It has a tone so wondrous, That powerful melody rings.
He knew, himself, that he had done a noble and gracious thing, and was privately well pleased with his magnanimity; and that night he set the incident down in his diary, so that his son might read it in after years, and be thereby moved to deeds of gentleness and humanity himself.
The days went on, and Miranda grew stronger and stronger; her will seemed unassailable, and before long she could be moved into a chair by the window, her dominant thought being to arrive at such a condition of improvement that the doctor need not call more than once a week, instead of daily; thereby diminishing the bill, that was mount- ing to such a terrifying sum that it haunted her thoughts by day and dreams by night.
My reasons for pursuing this course may be understood from the following: First, were I to give a minute statement of all the facts, it is not only possible, but quite probable, that others would thereby be involved in the most embar- rassing difficulties.