Way Definition

Define what is Way?

1. fashion, manner, mode, style, way (noun)

how something is done or how it happens.

  • her dignified manner.
  • his rapid manner of talking.
  • their nomadic mode of existence.
  • in the characteristic New York style.
  • a lonely way of life.
  • in an abrasive fashion.
Synonyms: fashion, manner, mode, style

property noun
a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class.


artistic style, idiom noun
the style of a particular artist or school or movement.

drape noun
the manner in which fabric hangs or falls.

fit noun
the manner in which something fits.

form noun
a particular mode in which something is manifested.

life-style, life style, lifestyle, modus vivendi noun
a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes.

setup noun
the way something is organized or arranged.

signature, touch noun
a distinguishing style.

Wise noun
a way of doing or being.

response noun
the manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals.

2. right smart, way (adverb)

to a great degree or by a great distance; very much (`right smart' is regional in the United States).

  • way over budget.
  • way off base.
  • the other side of the hill is right smart steeper than the side we are on.
Synonyms: right smart

3. means, way, agency (noun)

how a result is obtained or an end is achieved.

  • a means of control.
  • an example is the best agency of instruction.
  • the true way to success.
Synonyms: means, agency

effectuation, implementation noun
the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect.


dint noun
interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by means of'.

escape noun
a means or way of escaping.

fast track noun
a rapid means of achieving a goal.

instrument, tool noun
the means whereby some act is accomplished.

road noun
a way or means to achieve something.

stepping stone noun
any means of advancement.

expedient noun
a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one.

desperate measure noun
desperate actions taken as a means to an end.

open sesame noun
any very successful means of achieving a result.

salvation noun
a means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness.

tooth noun
a means of enforcement.

voice noun
a means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated.

wings noun
a means of flight or ascent.

4. direction, way (noun)

a line leading to a place or point.

  • he looked the other direction.
  • didn't know the way home.
Synonyms: direction

itinerary, route, path noun
an established line of travel or access.


bearing, heading, aim noun
the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies.

trend, course noun
general line of orientation.

east-west direction noun
in a direction parallel with lines of latitude.

north-south direction noun
in a direction parallel with lines of longitude.

Qibla noun
the direction of the Kaaba toward which Muslims turn for their daily prayers.

trend, tendency noun
a general direction in which something tends to move.

5. way (noun)

the condition of things generally.

  • that's the way it is.
  • I felt the same way.

condition, status noun
a state at a particular time.

6. path, way of life, way (noun)

a course of conduct.

  • the path of virtue.
  • we went our separate ways.
  • our paths in life led us apart.
  • genius usually follows a revolutionary path.
Synonyms: path, way of life

course of action, course noun
a mode of action.


ambages noun
(archaic) roundabout or mysterious ways of action.

primrose path noun
a life of ease and pleasure.

straight and narrow, strait and narrow noun
the way of proper and honest behavior.

Sunna, Sunnah, Hadith noun
(Islam) the way of life prescribed as normative for Muslims on the basis of the teachings and practices of Muhammad and interpretations of the Koran.

warpath noun
a course leading to warfare or battle.

7. way (noun)

any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another.

  • he said he was looking for the way out.

artefact, artifact noun
a man-made object taken as a whole.


access, approach noun
a way of entering or leaving.

lane noun
a narrow way or road.

passage noun
a way through or along which someone or something may pass.

path noun
a way especially designed for a particular use.

road, route noun
an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation.

staircase, stairway noun
a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps.

waterway, watercourse noun
a conduit through which water flows.

8. way (noun)

a journey or passage.

  • they are on the way.

journey, journeying noun
the act of traveling from one place to another.

9. elbow room, room, way (noun)

space for movement.

  • room to pass.
  • make way for.
  • hardly enough elbow room to turn around.
Synonyms: elbow room, room

spatial relation, position noun
the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated.


seating, seating area, seating room, seats noun
an area that includes places where several people can sit.

standing room noun
room for passengers or spectators to stand.

breathing room, breathing space noun
sufficient room for easy breathing or movement.

headroom, headway, clearance noun
vertical space available to allow easy passage under something.

houseroom noun
space for accommodation in a house.

lebensraum, living space noun
space sought for occupation by a nation whose population is expanding.

parking noun
space in which vehicles can be parked.

sea room noun
space for maneuver at sea.

10. way (noun)

the property of distance in general.

  • it's a long way to Moscow.
  • he went a long ways.

distance noun
the property created by the space between two objects or points.

11. way (noun)

doing as one pleases or chooses.

  • if I had my way.

choice, pick, selection noun
the person or thing chosen or selected.

12. way (noun)

a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of'.

  • they didn't have much in the way of clothing.

category noun
a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme.

13. way (noun)

a portion of something divided into shares.

  • they split the loot three ways.

share, percentage, portion, part noun
assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group.

Nearby Terms

way of life (noun)
a course of conduct

way out (noun)
an opening that permits escape or release

way station (noun)
a stopping place on a journey

way-out (adjective satellite)
informal terms; strikingly unconventional

waybill (noun)
a receipt given by the carrier to the shipper acknowledging receipt of the goods being shipped and specifying the terms of delivery

wayfarer (noun)
a pedestrian who walks from place to place

wayfaring (noun)
traveling (especially on foot)

wayfaring tree (noun)
vigorous deciduous European treelike shrub common along waysides; red berries turn black

Wayland (noun)
(European mythology) a supernatural smith and king of the elves; identified with Norse Volund

Wayland the Smith (noun)
(European mythology) a supernatural smith and king of the elves; identified with Norse Volund

waylay (verb)
wait in hiding to attack

Wayne (noun)
United States film actor who played tough heroes (1907-1979)

Wayne Gretzky (noun)
high-scoring Canadian ice-hockey player (born in 1961)

ways (noun)
structure consisting of a sloping way down to the water from the place where ships are built or repaired

ways and means (noun)
resources available to meet expenses (especially legislation for raising revenue for a government)