AskDefine | Define byway

Dictionary Definition

byway n : a side road little traveled (as in the countryside) [syn: bypath, byroad]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. a road that is not frequently travelled
  2. In the context of "by extension": an unpopular or arcane field of study

Extensive Definition

A byway is a less-traveled side road, as in:
  • Byway (road), a minor secondary or tertiary road in the UK
  • National Scenic Byway, a road recognized by the United States Department of Transportation for its historical qualities

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Autobahn, US highway, alley, alleyway, arterial, arterial highway, arterial street, artery, autoroute, autostrada, avenue, back door, back road, back stairs, back street, back way, belt highway, blind alley, boulevard, by-lane, bypass, bypath, byroad, bystreet, camino real, carriageway, causeway, causey, chaussee, circumferential, close, corduroy road, county road, court, crescent, cul-de-sac, dead-end street, departure, detour, deviation, digression, dike, dirt road, discursion, drive, driveway, episode, excursion, excursus, expressway, freeway, gravel road, highroad, highway, highways and byways, interstate highway, lane, local road, main drag, main road, mews, motorway, parkway, pave, paved road, pike, place, plank road, primary highway, private road, right-of-way, ring road, road, roadbed, roadway, roundabout way, route nationale, row, royal road, secondary road, side door, side path, side road, side street, sidetrack, speedway, state highway, street, superhighway, terrace, thoroughfare, through street, thruway, toll road, township road, turnpike, wynd
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