- by, by-, byeThese three forms have different functions. By is a preposition or adverb (Come by / By the river); by- is a prefix meaning ‘secondary, subordinate’ (forming words such as byroad and bypass. Hyphenation practice varies: byline (a line in a newspaper column giving the writer's name) and byname, and the two mentioned above, tend to be written as one word whereas by-law, and longer forms such as by-election and by-product, are hyphenated. In some cases, a variant spelling bye- is also found (e.g. bye-law), but this is best avoided; and bye is a noun meaning ‘something additional or left aside’ (e.g. in cricket and golf). The idiom by the by (in which the second by is a variant of bye) means ‘by the way, incidentally’.
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bye — bye … Dictionnaire des rimes
Bye — (b[imac]), n. 1. A thing not directly aimed at; something which is a secondary object of regard; an object by the way, etc.; as in on or upon the bye, i. e., in passing; indirectly; by implication. [Obs. except in the phrase by the bye.] [1913… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
bye — [ bajbaj ] interj. • 1934; mot angl. ♦ Fam. Au revoir, adieu. Abrév. cour.BYE. « Vous direz au revoir aux autres pour moi. Allez, bye ! » (Sarrazin). ⇒ salut, tchao. bye bye [bajbaj] ou bye [baj] … Encyclopédie Universelle
bye — bye; bye·man; out·bye; in·bye; rock·a·bye; up·bye; … English syllables
Bye — may refer to: *Bye (cricket), a special type of run scored in the game of cricket *Bye (sports), when a player or team is allowed to advance to the next round of a playoff tournament without playing *Goodbye, a traditional farewell phrase *A… … Wikipedia
bye — Ⅰ. bye  ► NOUN 1) the transfer of a competitor directly to the next round of a competition because they have no opponent assigned to them. 2) Cricket a run scored from a ball that passes the batsman without being hit. ● by the bye Cf. ↑by the… … English terms dictionary
bye! — [bai̮], bye bye! [ bai̮ bai̮ ] <englisch> (auf Wiedersehen!) … Die deutsche Rechtschreibung
Bye — (b[imac]) n. [AS. b[=y]; cf. Icel. byg[eth] dwelling, byggja, b[=u]a, to dwell [root]97.] 1. A dwelling. Gibson. [1913 Webster] 2. In certain games, a station or place of an individual player. Emerson. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
bye — [bī] n. [var. of BY] 1. something incidental or secondary 2. the privilege, granted a contestant in a tournament with, typically, an uneven number of participants, of not being paired with another contestant in the first round 3. Cricket a run… … English World dictionary
Bye — Bye, Fluß im Stifte Aalborg der dänischen Provinz Jütland; kommt von Norden u. mündet östlich bei Oxholm in den Lym Fjord … Pierer's Universal-Lexikon
Bye — Bye, Fluß in Jütland, mündet in den Lymfjord … Herders Conversations-Lexikon