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The Collaborative Dictionary

-ways \-ways\ A suffix formed from way by the addition of the adverbial -s (see -wards). It is often used interchangeably with wise; as, endways or endwise; noways or nowise, etc. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 the property of distance in general; "it's a long way to Moscow"; "he went a long ways" [syn: way]
2 structure consisting of a sloping way down to the water from the place where ships are built or repaired [syn: shipway, slipway] adv : n is between 2 and infinity; "They split the loot four ways" [syn: n-ways]




  1. Plural of way
  2. The timbers along which a boat is launched. (Webster's)
  3. A distance.
    • 2007, Aryn Kyle, The God of Animals, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 1416533249, page 41,
      […] “We still have a ways to go with patterns.”
      “You still have a ways to go with everything,” I told him.


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