by means of something

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

(formal) with the help of something: The load was lifted by means of a crane.
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2 : to separate a conductor of electricity, heat, or sound from other conductors by means of something that does not allow the passage of electricity, heat, or sound <insulated electrical wire>
Some of the most adept legal eagles in the former Soviet Union are getting around troubling laws by means of something called the "variant," or exception.