by way of something

by way of (something)

1. Via a place, route, or mode of transportation. Patty is coming by way of train, and she's supposed to get here by 11. She doesn't have a direct flight—she's coming by way of Atlanta.
2. As a method or means of doing something. When Paul arrived 30 minutes late, he complained about the traffic by way of explanation.
See also: by, of, way

by way of something


1 (of a journey) passing through a place: They’re going to Poland by way of France and Germany.
2 as a kind of something; as something: What are you thinking of doing by way of a vacation this year?The flowers are by way of a ‘thank-you’ for all her help.
See also: by, of, something, way