by way of something - definition and synonyms

  1. 1
    intended to be a particular thing, or to have a particular purpose

    ‘It’s a nice day’, she said, merely by way of conversation.

    He didn’t have much to offer by way of explanation.

  2. 2
    if you travel somewhere by way of a place, you go through that place on your journey

    They travelled through the mountains by way of an ancient walled city.

See also main entry: way