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 for Day by day
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Day \Day\ (d[=a]), n. [OE. day, dai, dei, AS. d[ae]g; akin to
     OS., D., Dan., & Sw. dag, G. tag, Icel. dagr, Goth. dags; cf.
     Skr. dah (for dhagh ?) to burn. [root]69. Cf. Dawn.]
     1. The time of light, or interval between one night and the
        next; the time between sunrise and sunset, or from dawn to
        darkness; hence, the light; sunshine; -- also called
        daytime.
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     2. The period of the earth's revolution on its axis. --
        ordinarily divided into twenty-four hours. It is measured
        by the interval between two successive transits of a
        celestial body over the same meridian, and takes a
        specific name from that of the body. Thus, if this is the
        sun, the day (the interval between two successive transits
        of the sun's center over the same meridian) is called a
        solar day; if it is a star, a sidereal day; if it is
        the moon, a lunar day. See Civil day, Sidereal day,
        below.
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     3. Those hours, or the daily recurring period, allotted by
        usage or law for work.
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     4. A specified time or period; time, considered with
        reference to the existence or prominence of a person or
        thing; age; time.
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              A man who was great among the Hellenes of his day.
                                                    --Jowett
                                                    (Thucyd. )
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              If my debtors do not keep their day, . . .
              I must with patience all the terms attend. --Dryden.
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     5. (Preceded by the) Some day in particular, as some day of
        contest, some anniversary, etc.
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              The field of Agincourt,
              Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus. --Shak.
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              His name struck fear, his conduct won the day.
                                                    --Roscommon.
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     Note: Day is much used in self-explaining compounds; as,
           daybreak, daylight, workday, etc.
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     Anniversary day. See Anniversary, n.
  
     Astronomical day, a period equal to the mean solar day, but
        beginning at noon instead of at midnight, its twenty-four
        hours being numbered from 1 to 24; also, the sidereal day,
        as that most used by astronomers.
  
     Born days. See under Born.
  
     Canicular days. See Dog day.
  
     Civil day, the mean solar day, used in the ordinary
        reckoning of time, and among most modern nations beginning
        at mean midnight; its hours are usually numbered in two
        series, each from 1 to 12. This is the period recognized
        by courts as constituting a day. The Babylonians and
        Hindoos began their day at sunrise, the Athenians and Jews
        at sunset, the ancient Egyptians and Romans at midnight.
        
  
     Day blindness. (Med.) See Nyctalopia.
  
     Day by day, or Day after day, daily; every day;
        continually; without intermission of a day. See under
        By. "Day by day we magnify thee." --Book of Common
        Prayer.
  
     Days in bank (Eng. Law), certain stated days for the return
        of writs and the appearance of parties; -- so called
        because originally peculiar to the Court of Common Bench,
        or Bench (bank) as it was formerly termed. --Burrill.
  
     Day in court, a day for the appearance of parties in a
        suit.
  
     Days of devotion (R. C. Ch.), certain festivals on which
        devotion leads the faithful to attend mass. --Shipley.
  
     Days of grace. See Grace.
  
     Days of obligation (R. C. Ch.), festival days when it is
        obligatory on the faithful to attend Mass. --Shipley.
  
     Day owl, (Zool.), an owl that flies by day. See Hawk owl.
        
  
     Day rule (Eng. Law), an order of court (now abolished)
        allowing a prisoner, under certain circumstances, to go
        beyond the prison limits for a single day.
  
     Day school, one which the pupils attend only in daytime, in
        distinction from a boarding school.
  
     Day sight. (Med.) See Hemeralopia.
  
     Day's work (Naut.), the account or reckoning of a ship's
        course for twenty-four hours, from noon to noon.
  
     From day to day, as time passes; in the course of time; as,
        he improves from day to day.
  
     Jewish day, the time between sunset and sunset.
  
     Mean solar day (Astron.), the mean or average of all the
        apparent solar days of the year.
  
     One day, One of these days, at an uncertain time, usually
        of the future, rarely of the past; sooner or later. "Well,
        niece, I hope to see you one day fitted with a husband."
        --Shak.
  
     Only from day to day, without certainty of continuance;
        temporarily. --Bacon.
  
     Sidereal day, the interval between two successive transits
        of the first point of Aries over the same meridian. The
        Sidereal day is 23 h. 56 m. 4.09 s. of mean solar time.
  
     To win the day, to gain the victory, to be successful. --S.
        Butler.
  
     Week day, any day of the week except Sunday; a working day.
        
  
     Working day.
        (a) A day when work may be legally done, in distinction
            from Sundays and legal holidays.
        (b) The number of hours, determined by law or custom,
            during which a workman, hired at a stated price per
            day, must work to be entitled to a day's pay.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  By \By\ (b[imac]), prep. [OE. bi, AS. b[imac], big, near to, by,
     of, from, after, according to; akin to OS. & OFries. bi, be,
     D. bij, OHG. b[imac], G. bei, Goth. bi, and perh. Gr. 'amfi`.
     E. prefix be- is orig. the same word. [root]203. See pref.
     Be-.]
     1. In the neighborhood of; near or next to; not far from;
        close to; along with; as, come and sit by me.
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              By foundation or by shady rivulet
              He sought them both.                  --Milton.
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     2. On; along; in traversing. Compare 5.
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              Long labors both by sea and land he bore. --Dryden.
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              By land, by water, they renew the charge. --Pope.
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     3. Near to, while passing; hence, from one to the other side
        of; past; as, to go by a church.
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     4. Used in specifying adjacent dimensions; as, a cabin twenty
        feet by forty.
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     5. Against. [Obs.] --Tyndale [1. Cor. iv. 4].
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     6. With, as means, way, process, etc.; through means of; with
        aid of; through; through the act or agency of; as, a city
        is destroyed by fire; profit is made by commerce; to take
        by force.
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     Note: To the meaning of by, as denoting means or agency,
           belong, more or less closely, most of the following
           uses of the word:
        (a) It points out the author and producer; as, "Waverley",
            a novel by Sir W.Scott; a statue by Canova; a sonata
            by Beethoven.
        (b) In an oath or adjuration, it indicates the being or
            thing appealed to as sanction; as, I affirm to you by
            all that is sacred; he swears by his faith as a
            Christian; no, by Heaven.
        (c) According to; by direction, authority, or example of;
            after; -- in such phrases as, it appears by his
            account; ten o'clock by my watch; to live by rule; a
            model to build by.
        (d) At the rate of; according to the ratio or proportion
            of; in the measure or quantity of; as, to sell cloth
            by the yard, milk by the quart, eggs by the dozen,
            meat by the pound; to board by the year.
        (e) In comparison, it denotes the measure of excess or
            deficiency; when anything is increased or diminished,
            it indicates the measure of increase or diminution;
            as, larger by a half; older by five years; to lessen
            by a third.
        (f) It expresses continuance or duration; during the
            course of; within the period of; as, by day, by night.
        (g) As soon as; not later than; near or at; -- used in
            expressions of time; as, by this time the sun had
            risen; he will be here by two o'clock.
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     Note: In boxing the compass, by indicates a pint nearer to,
           or towards, the next cardinal point; as, north by east,
           i.e., a point towards the east from the north;
           northeast by east, i.e., on point nearer the east than
           northeast is.
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     Note: With is used instead of by before the instrument with
           which anything is done; as, to beat one with a stick;
           the board was fastened by the carpenter with nails. But
           there are many words which may be regarded as means or
           processes, or, figuratively, as instruments; and
           whether with or by shall be used with them is a matter
           of arbitrary, and often, of unsettled usage; as, to a
           reduce a town by famine; to consume stubble with fire;
           he gained his purpose by flattery; he entertained them
           with a story; he distressed us with or by a recital of
           his sufferings. see With.
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     By all means, most assuredly; without fail; certainly.
  
     By and by.
        (a) Close together (of place). [Obs.] "Two yonge knightes
            liggyng [lying] by and by." --Chaucer.
        (b) Immediately; at once. [Obs.] "When . . . persecution
            ariseth because of the word, by and by he is
            offended." --Matt. xiii. 21.
        (c) Presently; pretty soon; before long.
  
     Note: In this phrase, by seems to be used in the sense of
           nearness in time, and to be repeated for the sake of
           emphasis, and thus to be equivalent to "soon, and
           soon," that is instantly; hence, -- less emphatically,
           -- pretty soon, presently.
  
     By one's self, with only one's self near; alone; solitary.
  
     By the bye. See under Bye.
  
     By the head (Naut.), having the bows lower than the stern;
        -- said of a vessel when her head is lower in the water
        than her stern. If her stern is lower, she is by the
        stern.
  
     By the lee, the situation of a vessel, going free, when she
        has fallen off so much as to bring the wind round her
        stern, and to take her sails aback on the other side.
  
     By the run, to let go by the run, to let go altogether,
        instead of slacking off.
  
     By the way, by the bye; -- used to introduce an incidental
        or secondary remark or subject. 
  
     Day by day, One by one, Piece by piece, etc., each day,
        each one, each piece, etc., by itself singly or
        separately; each severally.
  
     To come by, to get possession of; to obtain.
  
     To do by, to treat, to behave toward.
  
     To set by, to value, to esteem.
  
     To stand by, to aid, to support.
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     Note: The common phrase good-by is equivalent to farewell,
           and would be better written good-bye, as it is a
           corruption of God be with you (b'w'ye).
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  day by day
      adv 1: gradually and progressively; "his health weakened day by
             day" [syn: day by day, daily]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  28 Moby Thesaurus words for "day by day":
     again and again, cyclically, daily, day after day, epochally,
     every day, every hour, frequently, hour by hour, hourly, in time,
     many a time, many times, many times over, often, on the beat,
     over and over, periodically, recurrently, repeatedly, rhythmically,
     seasonally, several times, synchronously, time after time,
     time and again, times without number, year after year
  
  

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