By way of

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By way of definition and meaning on Dictionary terms:
noun

manner, mode, or fashion: a new way of looking at a matter; to reply in a polite way.
characteristic or habitual manner: Her way is to work quietly and never complain.
a method, plan, or means for attaining a goal: to find a way to reduce costs.
a respect or particular: The plan is defective in several ways.
a direction or vicinity: Look this way. We’re having a drought out our way.
passage or progress on a course: to make one’s way on foot; to lead the way.
Often ways. distance: They’ve come a long way.
a path or course leading from one place to another: What’s the shortest way to town?
British.

  1. an old Roman or pre-Roman road: Icknield Way.
  2. a minor street in a town: He lives in Stepney Way.
a road, route, passage, or channel (usually used in combination): highway; waterway; doorway.
Law. a right of way.
any line of passage or travel, used or available: to blaze a way through dense woods.
space for passing or advancing: to clear a way through the crowd.
Often ways. a habit or custom: The grandmother lived by the ways of the old country.
course or mode of procedure that one chooses or wills: They had to do it my way.
condition, as to health, prosperity, or the like: to be in a bad way.
range or extent of experience or notice: the best device that ever came in my way.
a course of life, action, or experience: The way of transgressors is hard.
Informal. business: to be in the haberdashery way.
Nautical.

  1. ways,two or more ground ways down which a hull slides in being launched.
  2. movement or passage through the water.
Machinery. a longitudinal strip, as in a planer, guiding a moving part along a surface.