By no means
Mean Mean, n. 1. That which is mean, or intermediate, between two extremes of place, time, or number; the middle point or place; middle rate or degree; mediocrity; medium; absence of extremes or excess; moderation; measure. [1913 Webster]

But to speak in a mean, the virtue of prosperity is temperance; the virtue of adversity is fortitude. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

There is a mean in all things. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The extremes we have mentioned, between which the wellinstracted Christian holds the mean, are correlatives. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. (Math.) A quantity having an intermediate value between several others, from which it is derived, and of which it expresses the resultant value; usually, unless otherwise specified, it is the simple average, formed by adding the quantities together and dividing by their number, which is called an {arithmetical mean}. A {geometrical mean} is the nth root of the product of the n quantities being averaged. [1913 Webster]

3. That through which, or by the help of which, an end is attained; something tending to an object desired; intermediate agency or measure; necessary condition or coagent; instrument. [1913 Webster]

Their virtuous conversation was a mean to work the conversion of the heathen to Christ. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

You may be able, by this mean, to review your own scientific acquirements. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

Philosophical doubt is not an end, but a mean. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

Note: In this sense the word is usually employed in the plural form means, and often with a singular attribute or predicate, as if a singular noun. [1913 Webster]

By this means he had them more at vantage. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

What other means is left unto us. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. Hence: Resources; property, revenue, or the like, considered as the condition of easy livelihood, or an instrumentality at command for effecting any purpose; disposable force or substance. [1913 Webster]

Your means are very slender, and your waste is great. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mus.) A part, whether alto or tenor, intermediate between the soprano and base; a middle part. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The mean is drowned with your unruly base. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. Meantime; meanwhile. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

7. A mediator; a go-between. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster]

He wooeth her by means and by brokage. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

{By all means}, certainly; without fail; as, go, by all means.

{By any means}, in any way; possibly; at all. [1913 Webster]

If by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead. --Phil. iii. ll. [1913 Webster]

{By no means}, or {By no manner of means}, not at all; certainly not; not in any degree. [1913 Webster]

The wine on this side of the lake is by no means so good as that on the other. --Addison. [1913 Webster]


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  • by no means — or[not by any means] also[by no manner of means] or [not by any manner of means] {adv. phr.} Not even a little; certainly not. * /He is by no means bright./ * / May I stay home from school? By no means. / * /Dick worked on his project Saturday,… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by no means — or[not by any means] also[by no manner of means] or [not by any manner of means] {adv. phr.} Not even a little; certainly not. * /He is by no means bright./ * / May I stay home from school? By no means. / * /Dick worked on his project Saturday,… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by\ no\ means — • by no means • not by any means • by no manner of means • not by any manner of means adv. phr. Not even a little; certainly not. He is by no means bright. May I stay home from school? By no means. Dick worked on his project Saturday, but he is… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • by no means — not in any way. This is by no means a terrible film. We are by no means finished yet. Usage notes: usually used to disagree with someone who might have an opposite opinion …   New idioms dictionary

  • by no means — the result is by no means certain Syn: not at all, in no way, not in the least, not in the slightest, not the least bit, not by a long shot, certainly not, absolutely not, definitely not, on no account, under no circumstances; informal no way …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • by no means — used as a way of emphasizing a negative statement It was by no means excellent but still better than last year. I wouldn t say I was an expert, not by any means …   English dictionary

  • by no means — not in any way, not by any stretch...    By no means is a car a good investment. It will depreciate …   English idioms

  • by no means — adverb certainly not; definitely not. By no means am I suggesting that euthanasia should be outlawed, but rather that we should look at its inherent risks …   Wiktionary

  • by no means! — no way!, under no circumstance whatsoever!, no with a capital N ! …   English contemporary dictionary

  • by no means — Synonyms and related words: God forbid, I refuse, I will not, at no hand, au contraire, count me out, far from it, impossible, in no case, in no respect, in no wise, include me out, never, no, no matter what, nohow, not a bit, not a jot, not a… …   Moby Thesaurus

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