- 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 oneselfORIGIN Old English.
English terms dictionary. 2015.