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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 ?
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.
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.
'Hiram Grewgious, Esquire, Staple Inn, London.' This was all Rosa knew of her destination; but it was enough to send her rattling away again in a cab, through deserts of gritty streets, where many people crowded at the corner of courts and byways to get some air, and where many other people walked with a miserably monotonous noise of shuffling of feet on hot paving-stones, and where all the people and all their surroundings were so gritty and so shabby!
The snow lay on the ground, frozen into a hard thick crust, so that only the heaps that had drifted into byways and corners were affected by the sharp wind that howled abroad: which, as if expending increased fury on such prey as it found, caught it savagely up in clouds, and, whirling it into a thousand misty eddies, scattered it in air.
So I hurried on, splashing and bemiring myself in the byways of the Bourbonnais.
Thus, he unified the universe and held it up and looked at it, or wandered through its byways and alleys and jungles, not as a terrified traveller in the thick of mysteries seeking an unknown goal, but observing and charting and becoming familiar with all there was to know.