Bye may refer to:
- Bye (cricket), a special type of run scored in the game of cricket
- Bye (sports), when a player or team is allowed to advance to the next round of a playoff tournament without playing
- "Bye", a song by Elliott Smith from Figure 8
A bye is a special privilege given to a team in the initial rounds because of which it gets exempted from playing in the first round and directly enters the second round. In knock-out (single-elimination) tournaments, if the number of participants is not a power of two (e.g. 16 or 32), one of the methods used to make a working bracket are byes which automatically move certain participants into a later round without requiring them to compete in an earlier one. Although it may not be necessary based on the format of the tournament, other types of eliminator tournaments may also include a bye for other reasons, such as to reward the best ranked participant(s).
In round-robin tournaments where there are an odd number of competitors, usually one gets a bye in each round, as it is impossible for all competitors to play in the same round. However, over the whole tournament, each team plays the same number of games as well as sitting out for the same number of rounds during the tournament.
Similar to the round-robin context, in leagues where almost all teams play on the same days in regular-season play, a team that does not play on a given day is said to be on bye. In sports that are played weekly, especially football, a team that does not play at all during a given week is said to be on its "bye week". (This definition is chiefly US.)
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bye \Bye\ (b[imac]), n.
A thing not directly aimed at; something which is a secondary object of regard; an object by the way, etc.; as in on or upon the bye, i. e., in passing; indirectly; by implication. [Obs. except in the phrase by the bye.]
The Synod of Dort condemneth upon the bye even the discipline of the Church of England.
(Cricket) A run made upon a missed ball; as, to steal a bye.
In various sports in which the contestants are drawn in pairs, the position or turn of one left with no opponent in consequence of an odd number being engaged; as, to draw a bye in a round of a tennis tournament.
(Golf) The hole or holes of a stipulated course remaining unplayed at the end of a match.
By the bye, in passing; by way of digression; apropos to the matter in hand. [Written also by the by.]
Bye \Bye\ (b[imac]) n. [AS. b[=y]; cf. Icel. byg[eth] dwelling, byggja, b[=u]a, to dwell [root]97.]
In certain games, a station or place of an individual player.
Etymology 1 n. 1 (context sports English) The position of a person or team in a tournament or competition who draws no opponent in a particular round so advances to the next round unopposed, or is awarded points for a win in a league table; also the phantom opponent of such a person or team. 2 (context cricket English) An extra scored when the batsman take runs after the ball has passed the striker without hitting either the bat or the batsman. 3 (context obsolete English) A dwelling. 4 (context obsolete English) A thing not directly aimed at; something which is a secondary object of regard; an object by the way, etc. Etymology 2
interj. (context colloquial English) goodbye. Etymology 3
n. (obsolete spelling of bee English) prep. (obsolete spelling of by English)
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
in sporting use, a variant of by (prep). Originally in cricket, "a run scored on a ball that is missed by the wicket-keeper" (1746); later, in other sports, "position of one who is left without a competitor when the rest have drawn pairs" (1883), originally in lawn-tennis.
shortened form of good-bye. Reduplication bye-bye is recorded from 1709, though as a sound used to lull a child to sleep it is attested from 1630s.
n. you advance to the next round in a tournament without playing an opponent; "he had a bye in the first round" [syn: pass]
Usage examples of "bye".
At once she bade the priest goodbye and walked away and out through the swing door.
Waverly Place, by the bye, got its name through a petition of select booklovers who lived thereabouts and adored Sir.
All those concerned in both Bye and Main Plots were arrested in July, held prisoner and tried in the autumn.
It was also Waad, involved in the discovery of all the major conspiracies of late Elizabethan and early Jacobean times, who was responsible for the interrogations centring on the Main and Bye Plots of 1603.
I showed a few things to Bye and Costain, the latter editor of post, and both told me to go to work myself.
As a NATO ally and the key to the northern no-fly zone, Turkey largely got a bye from the United States, Britain, and France until Washington began to tackle all of the smuggling problems in 1999-2000.
But interwoven with this anglicising tendency, which was also, by the bye, a Christianising tendency, was a strong disposition, derived from the Rousseau strand, to leave other peoples alone, to facilitate even the separation and autonomy of detached portions of our own peoples, to disintegrate finally into perfect, because lawless, individuals.
Linnix in the musty but splendid bridal robes of his House, becoming the Aphra Bye.
Bye and Bye they passed a stand of roadside cholla against which small birds had been driven by the storm and there impaled.
I will hire a small room hard bye, and will sleep there as long as the young lady stays.
Bye, Aud.' Jan's voice seemed to come from a great distance now, and she was fading like a ghost.
And Mann, whose balls would ricochet In almost an unholy way (So do baseballers "pitch" to-day) George Lear, that seldom let a bye, And Richard Nyren, grave and gray?
And seeing, by the bye, that Brittles had been a slow boy for upwards of thirty years, there appeared no great probability of his ever being a fast one.
But whin it comes to foightin', now, it's mesilf belaves Oi have yez bate, Fritz, me bye.
And, by the bye, when this Beau Brummel of the silk shirt paused by the front door, did he take his cigarette from a long flat silver case carried in his lower waistcoat pocket?