At about 53s of this video, I listened a phrase "way before". Did I hear it in a wrong way or it has some meaning?

Searched and got this result. But it seems the page is explaining since '86.

  • Way here is a colloquial adverb meaning approximately "at a great distance, long". See Oxford, "adverb". Aug 19, 2017 at 14:03
  • It would be better to post the sentence rather than making us listen to the video. |I get it now.| = better in this context.
    – Lambie
    Aug 19, 2017 at 15:06
  • @Lambie I didn't provide the text when I first posted this question because I thought I may listen wrong. But now I think it could be helpful to provide more text details as you said. Thank you for your advices.
    – lincr
    Aug 19, 2017 at 15:28

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The need to program machines existed way before the development of computers

As StoneyB says, "way" here is a colloquial use that means "long". In other contexts it can mean "much" or "very" -- basically, it is used to add emphasis to whatever comes after it.

I want to be a programmer, but it's way too technical for me.

All this programming stuff is way over my head.

My car is parked way out on the other side of the parking lot.

The speaker can add extra emphasis by elongating "way":

Dude, you need to chill. You're being waaaaaay too serious right now.

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