by PREPOSITION 1) through the agency or means of. 2) indicating a quantity or amount, or the size of a margin. 3) expressing multiplication, especially in dimensions. 4) indicating the end of a time period. 5) near to; beside. 6) past and beyond. 7) during. 8) according to.
ADVERB so as to go past.
NOUN (pl. byes) variant spelling of BYE(Cf. ↑bye).
by and by — Cf. ↑by and by
by the by (or bye) — Cf. ↑by the bye
by and large — Cf. ↑by and large
by oneself — Cf. ↑by oneself
ORIGIN Old English.

English terms dictionary. 2015.