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[meth-uh d] /ˈmɛθ əd/
a procedure, technique, or way of doing something, especially in accordance with a definite plan:
There are three possible methods of repairing this motor.
a manner or mode of procedure, especially an orderly, logical, or systematic way of instruction, inquiry, investigation, experiment, presentation, etc.:
the empirical method of inquiry.
order or system in doing anything:
to work with method.
orderly or systematic arrangement, sequence, or the like.
the Method, Also called Stanislavski Method, Stanislavski System. a theory and technique of acting in which the performer identifies with the character to be portrayed and renders the part in a naturalistic, nondeclamatory, and highly individualized manner.
(usually initial capital letter) of, relating to, or employing the Method:
a Method actor; Method acting.
Origin of method
1375-1425; late Middle English: medical procedure < Latin methodus < Greek méthodos systematic course, equivalent to met- meta- + hodós way, road
Related forms
methodless, adjective
antimethod, adjective
1, 2. means, technique. Method, mode, way imply a manner in which a thing is done or in which it happens. Method refers to a settled kind of procedure, usually according to a definite, established, logical, or systematic plan: the open-hearth method of making steel; one method of solving a problem. Mode is a more formal word that implies a customary or characteristic fashion of doing something: Kangaroos have a peculiar mode of carrying their young. Way, a word in popular use for the general idea, is equivalent to various more specific words: someone's way (manner) of walking; the best way (method) of rapid calculating; the way (mode) of holding a pen. 4. disposition. Unabridged
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  • One of the methods of ornamentation is that of tattooing the body.

    Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard
  • All this work is done in the folkways and by the methods of folkways.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • His methods were imitated by most of the hypnotizers of the nineteenth century.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Modern methods are the oil that lubricates the wheels of progress.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • Its tenets and its methods were in flat contradiction to true American precedents.

    Stephen A. Douglas Allen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for methods


a way of proceeding or doing something, esp a systematic or regular one
orderliness of thought, action, etc
(often pl) the techniques or arrangement of work for a particular field or subject
(bell-ringing) any of several traditional sets of changes See major (sense 19), minor (sense 8)
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin methodus, from Greek methodos, literally: a going after, from meta- after + hodos way


(sometimes not capital)
  1. a technique of acting based on the theories of Stanislavsky, in which the actor bases his role on the inner motivation of the character he plays
  2. (as modifier): a Method actor
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Word Origin and History for methods



early 15c., "regular, systematic treatment of disease," from Latin methodus "way of teaching or going," from Greek methodos "scientific inquiry, method of inquiry, investigation," originally "pursuit, a following after," from meta- "after" (see meta-) + hodos "a traveling, way" (see cede). Meaning "way of doing anything" is from 1580s; that of "orderliness, regularity" is from 1610s. In reference to a theory of acting associated with Russian director Konstantin Stanislavsky, it is attested from 1923.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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methods in Medicine

method meth·od (měth'əd)

  1. A means or manner of procedure, especially a regular and systematic way of accomplishing something.

  2. Orderly arrangement of parts or steps to accomplish an end.

  3. The procedures and techniques characteristic of a particular discipline or field of knowledge.

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methods in Technology

A line-oriented Smalltalk for PC's, produced by Digitalk ca 1985. Methods was the predecessor of Smalltalk/V.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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