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WAY is a word made from vertically symmetrical letters.

Usage statistics for the noun way:

spoken English55.72%written English44.28% conversational speech42.48%task-oriented speech57.52% imaginative writing57.54%informational writing42.46%
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Way is sometimes a misspelling of was, ways or why.

The word way is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun way

What does way mean as a name of something?

Way is the 4th most common noun in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: ways

  1. how something is done or how it happens
    • example: a lonely way of life
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of way: fashion / manner / mode / style
    • more generic word: property = a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class
    • more specific terms:
      • artistic style / idiom = the style of a particular artist or school or movement
      • drape = the manner in which fabric hangs or falls
      • fit = the manner in which something fits
      • form = a particular mode in which something is manifested
      • modus vivendi / life style / life-style / lifestyle = a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes
      • setup = the way something is organized or arranged
      • signature / touch = a distinguishing style
      • wise = a way of doing or being
      • response = the manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals
  2. thing or person that acts to produce a particular effect or achieve an end
    • example: the true way to success
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of way: agency / means
    • more generic words: effectuation / implementation = the act of implementing
    • more specific terms:
      • dint = interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by means of'
      • escape = a means or way of escaping
      • fast track = a rapid means of achieving a goal
      • instrument / tool = the means whereby some act is accomplished
      • road = a way or means to achieve something
      • stepping stone = any means of advancement
      • expedient = a means to an end
      • desperate measure = desperate actions taken as a means to an end
      • open sesame = any very successful means of achieving a result
      • salvation = a means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness
      • tooth = a means of enforcement
      • voice = a means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated
      • wings = a means of flight or ascent
  3. a line leading to a place or point
    • example: didn't know the way home
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of way: direction
    • more generic words: itinerary / path / route = an established line of travel or access
    • more specific terms:
      • bearing / heading / aim = the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
      • course / trend = general line of orientation
      • east-west direction = in a direction parallel with lines of latitude
      • north-south direction = in a direction parallel with lines of longitude
      • qibla = the direction of the Kaaba toward which Muslims turn for their daily prayers
      • tendency / trend = a general direction in which something tends to move
  4. the condition of things generally
    • examples: that's the way it is | I felt the same way
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: condition / status = a state at a particular time
  5. a course of conduct
  6. any artifact consisting of a road or path affording passage from one place to another
    • example: he said he was looking for the way out
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: artefact / artifact = a man-made object taken as a whole
    • more specific words:
      • approach / access = a way of entering or leaving
      • lane = a narrow way or road
      • passage = a way through or along which someone or something may pass
      • path = a way especially designed for a particular use
      • route / road = an open way (generally public) for travel or transportation
      • staircase / stairway = a way of access (upward and downward) consisting of a set of steps
      • watercourse / waterway = a conduit through which water flows
    • part of: transit / transportation / transportation system = a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods
    • part: roadside / wayside = edge of a way or road or path
  7. a journey or passage
    • example: they are on the way
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: journey / journeying = the act of traveling from one place to another
  8. space for movement
  9. the property of distance in general
    • examples: it's a long way to Moscow | he went a long ways
    • usage: colloquialism
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: distance = the property created by the space between two objects or points
  10. doing as one pleases or chooses
    • example: if I had my way
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: choice / pick / selection = the person or thing chosen or selected
  11. a general category of things; used in the expression `in the way of'
    • example: they didn't have much in the way of clothing
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: category = a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
  12. a portion of something divided into shares
    • example: they split the loot three ways
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic words: part / percentage / portion / share = assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group

Alternative definition of the noun way


  1. A path.
  2. An unspecified distance.
  3. A method of doing something.
  4. The means to navigate a path.
  5. Possibility (usually in the phrases 'any way' and 'no way').
  6. [paganism] A tradition within the modern pagan faith of Heathenry, dedication to a specific deity or craft, Way of wyrd, Way of runes, Way of Thor etc.
  7. [nautical] Speed

Definition of the adverb way

What does way mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


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

Alternative definition of the adverb way


  1. [informal, with comparative or modified adjective] Much.
  2. [slang, with positive adjective] very.


  1. Way a.k.a. Wayland Flowers: Wayland Parrott Flowers, Jr. was an American puppeteer. He was born and raised in Dawson, Georgia. Flowers was best known for the puppet act he created with his puppet Madame. His performances as "Wayland Flowers and Madame" were a major national success on stage and on screen in the 1970s and 1980s.
  2. Way a.k.a. Margaret Way is an Australian writer of romance novels and women's fiction. A prolific author, Way has written more than 120 novels, many through Mills & Boon, a romance imprint of British publisher Harlequin UK Ltd., owned by Harlequin Enterprises.
  3. Way a.k.a. P-CESS: Prinya "Way" Intachai is a member of the musical group Thaitanium.
  4. Way a.k.a. Waymon Arnette is an actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Ann Way, Ben Way, Guy Way, Ron Way, Adam Way, Dave Way, Erin Way, Fred Way, John Way, Kari Way and many others.


"Way" is a book written by Leslie Scalapino.

  • genre: Poetry
  • released in (27 years ago)
  • award: - American Book Awards, received by Leslie Scalapino


  1. "WAY" is a musical single of Ken'ichi Asai.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  2. "Way" is a musical album of Sotte Bosse.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  3. "Way" is a musical album of Ecstatic Sunshine.
    • released on (7 years ago)


Way a.k.a. Way, Mississippi: Way is an unincorporated community located in Madison County, Mississippi. Way is approximately 9 miles north of Canton on Way Road.


Way a.k.a. Wayana Language: Wayana is a Cariban language spoken in the south and southeast of Surinam, French Guiana, and Brazil.

  • also known as Guayana, Oayana, Alukuyana, Wajana, Roucouyenne, Uaiana, Oyana, Oiana, Upurui, Wayâna, Wayana

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Way

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Local Government Law (1906)

Exclusive of the Metropolis

WAY. (By GERARD R. HILL, Esq., M.A., Barrister-at-Law.) IT is well settled that by custom (for the inhabitants of a place being unincorporated could not take by grant) a local public or class of persons, such as the inhabitants of a parish, may be ...

Google previewThe Westminster Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (1983)

by Gordon S. Wakefield

The purgative way is the initial stage in which one is freed from attachment to worldly, sensible things and in which the senses and sensible appetities are disciplined and mortified. The next stage, the illuminative way, is characterized by a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Black Studies (2004)

by Molefi Kete Asante, Ama Mazama

AN ETHICAL SYSTEM Maat is also a way of rightness, a moral and spiritual ideal by which people organize and live ...

Google previewCambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (2008)

by Cambridge University Press

the way that the body works, especially the way that it digests and passes out waste products: A run in the morning ...

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Usage statistics about way

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun way:

spoken English55.72%written English44.28% conversational speech42.48%task-oriented speech57.52% imaginative writing57.54%informational writing42.46%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun way:


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Quotes about Way

My family invalidates all validation, sometimes I pretend it is not so,
but all that I am, they invalidate, there is no real way, sane way, healthy way,
fulfilling way, real way, to be in such hostility. (Michael Kavuoti)
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Scrabble value of W4A1Y4

The value of this 3-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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