from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • prep. By way of: went to Pittsburgh via Philadelphia.
  • prep. By means of: sent the letter via airmail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A main road or highway, especially in ancient Rome. (Mainly used in set phrases, below.)
  • n. A small hole in a printed-circuit board filled with metal which connects two or more layers.
  • prep. By way of; passing through.
  • prep. By (means of); using (a medium).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A road or way.
  • prep. By the way of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Away! off! formerly a word of encouragement from commanders to their men, riders to their horses, etc., and also an expression of impatience, defiance, etc.
  • n. A highway; a road; a way or passage.
  • n. In anatomy and medicine, a natural passage of the body.


Latin viā, ablative of via, road; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin via ("road"), of uncertain origin, plausibly cognate with vehere 'to conduct'. (Wiktionary)
From Latin viā, ablative singular of via ("way, road"). (Wiktionary)



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  • I see this word all the time and it's just fun to say..Just ask Samantha Puckett "i-Carly"

    September 20, 2010