an incidental or accidental blow.
Also, bye-blow. an illegitimate child; bastard.
The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
Beaumont and Fletcher’s Works (9 of 10) Francis Beaumont
a passing or incidental blow
an archaic word for a bastard
near to or next to: a home by a lake. over the surface of, through the medium of, along, or using as a route: He came by the highway. She arrived by air. on, as a means of conveyance: They arrived by ship. to and beyond the vicinity of; past: He went by the church. […]
Sports. in a tournament, the preferential status of a player or team not paired with a competitor in an early round and thus automatically advanced to play in the next round: The top three seeded players received byes in the first round. Golf. the holes of a stipulated course still unplayed after the match is […]
the absence of any cause of events that can be predicted, understood, or controlled: often personified or treated as a positive agency: Chance governs all. luck or fortune: a game of chance. a possibility or probability of anything happening: a fifty-percent chance of success. an opportune or favorable time; opportunity: Now is your chance. Baseball. […]
Through an accidental simultaneous occurrence, as in By coincidence both researchers discovered the same solution. [ Mid-1600s ] Also see: by chance