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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Way \Way\, n. [OE. wey, way, AS. weg; akin to OS., D., OHG., &
     G. weg, Icel. vegr, Sw. v[aum]g, Dan. vei, Goth. wigs, L.
     via, and AS. wegan to move, L. vehere to carry, Skr. vah.
     [root]136. Cf. Convex, Inveigh, Vehicle, Vex, Via,
     Voyage, Wag, Wagon, Wee, Weigh.]
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     1. That by, upon, or along, which one passes or processes;
        opportunity or room to pass; place of passing; passage;
        road, street, track, or path of any kind; as, they built a
        way to the mine. "To find the way to heaven." --Shak.
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              I shall him seek by way and eke by street.
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              The way seems difficult, and steep to scale.
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              The season and ways were very improper for his
              majesty's forces to march so great a distance.
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     2. Length of space; distance; interval; as, a great way; a
        long way.
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              And whenever the way seemed long,
              Or his heart began to fail.           --Longfellow.
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     3. A moving; passage; procession; journey.
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              I prythee, now, lead the way.         --Shak.
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     4. Course or direction of motion or process; tendency of
        action; advance.
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              If that way be your walk, you have not far.
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              And let eternal justice take the way. --Dryden.
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     5. The means by which anything is reached, or anything is
        accomplished; scheme; device; plan.
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              My best way is to creep under his gaberdine. --Shak.
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              By noble ways we conquest will prepare. --Dryden.
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              What impious ways my wishes took!     --Prior.
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     6. Manner; method; mode; fashion; style; as, the way of
        expressing one's ideas.
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     7. Regular course; habitual method of life or action; plan of
        conduct; mode of dealing. "Having lost the way of
        nobleness." --Sir. P. Sidney.
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              Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths
              are peace.                            --Prov. iii.
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              When men lived in a grander way.      --Longfellow.
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     8. Sphere or scope of observation. --Jer. Taylor.
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              The public ministers that fell in my way. --Sir W.
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     9. Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct; as,
        to have one's way.
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     10. (Naut.)
         (a) Progress; as, a ship has way.
         (b) pl. The timbers on which a ship is launched.
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     11. pl. (Mach.) The longitudinal guides, or guiding surfaces,
         on the bed of a planer, lathe, or the like, along which a
         table or carriage moves.
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     12. (Law) Right of way. See below.
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     By the way, in passing; apropos; aside; apart from, though
        connected with, the main object or subject of discourse.
     By way of, for the purpose of; as being; in character of.
     Covert way. (Fort.) See Covered way, under Covered.
     In the family way. See under Family.
     In the way, so as to meet, fall in with, obstruct, hinder,
     In the way with, traveling or going with; meeting or being
        with; in the presence of.
     Milky way. (Astron.) See Galaxy, 1.
     No way, No ways. See Noway, Noways, in the
     On the way, traveling or going; hence, in process;
        advancing toward completion; as, on the way to this
        country; on the way to success.
     Out of the way. See under Out.
     Right of way (Law), a right of private passage over
        another's ground. It may arise either by grant or
        prescription. It may be attached to a house, entry, gate,
        well, or city lot, as well as to a country farm. --Kent.
     To be under way, or To have way (Naut.), to be in motion,
        as when a ship begins to move.
     To give way. See under Give.
     To go one's way, or To come one's way, to go or come; to
        depart or come along. --Shak.
     To go one's way to proceed in a manner favorable to one; --
        of events.
     To come one's way to come into one's possession (of
        objects) or to become available, as an opportunity; as,
        good things will come your way.
     To go the way of all the earth or
     to go the way of all flesh to die.
     To make one's way, to advance in life by one's personal
     To make way. See under Make, v. t.
     Ways and means.
         (a) Methods; resources; facilities.
         (b) (Legislation) Means for raising money; resources for
     Way leave, permission to cross, or a right of way across,
        land; also, rent paid for such right. [Eng]
     Way of the cross (Eccl.), the course taken in visiting in
        rotation the stations of the cross. See Station, n., 7
         (c) .
     Way of the rounds (Fort.), a space left for the passage of
        the rounds between a rampart and the wall of a fortified
     Way pane, a pane for cartage in irrigated land. See Pane,
        n., 4. [Prov. Eng.]
     Way passenger, a passenger taken up, or set down, at some
        intermediate place between the principal stations on a
        line of travel.
     Ways of God, his providential government, or his works.
     Way station, an intermediate station between principal
        stations on a line of travel, especially on a railroad.
     Way train, a train which stops at the intermediate, or way,
        stations; an accommodation train.
     Way warden, the surveyor of a road.
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     Syn: Street; highway; road.
     Usage: Way, Street, Highway, Road. Way is generic,
            denoting any line for passage or conveyance; a highway
            is literally one raised for the sake of dryness and
            convenience in traveling; a road is, strictly, a way
            for horses and carriages; a street is, etymologically,
            a paved way, as early made in towns and cities; and,
            hence, the word is distinctively applied to roads or
            highways in compact settlements.
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                  All keep the broad highway, and take delight
                  With many rather for to go astray. --Spenser.
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                  There is but one road by which to climb up.
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                  When night
                  Darkens the streets, then wander forth the sons
                  Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Family \Fam"i*ly\, n.; pl. Families. [L. familia, fr. famulus
     servant; akin to Oscan famel servant, cf. faamat he dwells,
     Skr. dh[=a]man house, fr. dh[=a]to set, make, do: cf. F.
     famille. Cf. Do, v. t., Doom, Fact, Feat.]
     1. The collective body of persons who live in one house, and
        under one head or manager; a household, including parents,
        children, and servants, and, as the case may be, lodgers
        or boarders.
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     2. The group comprising a husband and wife and their
        dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the
        organization of society.
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              The welfare of the family underlies the welfare of
              society.                              --H. Spencer.
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     3. Those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe,
        clan, or race; kindred; house; as, the human family; the
        family of Abraham; the father of a family.
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              Go ! and pretend your family is young. --Pope.
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     4. Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors; lineage.
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     5. Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock; as, a man
        of family.
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     6. A group of kindred or closely related individuals; as, a
        family of languages; a family of States; the chlorine
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     7. (Biol.) A group of organisms, either animal or vegetable,
        related by certain points of resemblance in structure or
        development, more comprehensive than a genus, because it
        is usually based on fewer or less pronounced points of
        likeness. In Zoology a family is less comprehesive than an
        order; in botany it is often considered the same thing as
        an order.
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     Family circle. See under Circle.
     Family man.
        (a) A man who has a family; esp., one who has a wife and
            children living with him and dependent upon him.
        (b) A man of domestic habits. "The Jews are generally,
            when married, most exemplary family men." --Mayhew.
     Family of curves or Family of surfaces (Geom.), a group
        of curves or surfaces derived from a single equation.
     In a family way, like one belonging to the family. "Why
        don't we ask him and his ladies to come over in a family
        way, and dine with some other plain country gentlefolks?"
     In the family way, pregnant. [Colloq. euphemism]
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