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by means of (something)

Due to something. I only wake up in time for work by means of an alarm clock. I was able to get an A in my math class this semester by means of hard work.
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by means of something

using something; with the use of something. I opened the bottle by means of a bottle opener. I was able to afford a car by means of a loan.
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by means of

Through the use of, owing to, as in We plan to pay for medical school by means of a second mortgage, or He'll succeed by means of sheer persistence. [Early 1400s] Also see by dint of.
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by means of

With the use of; owing to: They succeeded by means of patience and sacrifice.
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(3a) I can argue from the first sentence to the conclusion that somebody intended the utterance of x to produce some effect in an audience by means of the recognition of this intention, or at least should have intended the utterance of x to produce some effect in an audience by means of the recognition of this intention.
It does not necessarily mean that we must force that understanding of arsenokoites ("economic exploitation by means of sex") upon 1 Cor 6:9.
The avant-garde attempted to exploit this difference inherent in the same by developing it by means of difference in scale, context, material, and time, as well as by bringing to light the extratextual forces that were deployed so as to maintain truth over time and space.
As he says in his Introduction, "We can find meaning in the present, not instead of a reconstruction of the past, but by means of a reconstruction of the past." I could not agree more.
Since so far they have managed to rake revenge on me our of passion by means of deceit in front of such a holy tribunal, and, as far as my own person is concerned, destroyed me, from now on is time for me to speak the truth, that you may hear it; and if I do not get my due, that truth at least may.
Carefully directed studies of the effects upon children of Bible reading; the recitation of prayers, the study, of the catechism; attempts, if you will, to instill fear or respect for God and his will into the hearts of children by means of verbal instruction confirm its futility.
Middle Passage confronts fundamental assumptions about human and literary identity and problematizes these assumptions by means of allusion and appropriation, which subvert - and, through subversion, re-vitalize - textual authority.