method

[meth-uhd]
noun
1.
a procedure, technique, or way of doing something, especially in accordance with a definite plan: There are three possible methods of repairing this motor.
2.
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.
3.
order or system in doing anything: to work with method.
4.
orderly or systematic arrangement, sequence, or the like.
5.
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.
adjective
6.
(usually initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, or employing the Method: a Method actor; Method acting.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English: medical procedure < Latin methodus < Greek méthodos systematic course, equivalent to met- meta- + hodós way, road

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.
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method (ˈmɛθəd)
 
n
1.  a way of proceeding or doing something, esp a systematic or regular one
2.  orderliness of thought, action, etc
3.  (often plural) the techniques or arrangement of work for a particular field or subject
4.  bell-ringing major See minor any of several traditional sets of changes
 
[C16: via French from Latin methodus, from Greek methodos, literally: a going after, from meta- after + hodos way]

Method (ˈmɛθəd)
 
n
(sometimes not capital)
 a.  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
 b.  (as modifier): a Method actor

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method
1540s, from M.Fr. methode, from L. methodus "way of teaching or going," from Gk. methodus "scientific inquiry, method of inquiry," originally "pursuit, following after," from meta- "after" (see meta-) + hodos "a traveling, way" (see cede). In reference to a theory of acting
associated with Rus. director Konstantin Stanislavsky, it is attested from 1923.
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method meth·od (měth'əd)
n.

  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 definition

language
A line-oriented Smalltalk for PC's, produced by Digitalk ca 1985. Methods was the predecessor of Smalltalk/V.
(1995-04-16)

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Example sentences
The list that follows pairs plant groups with the watering methods that work
  best for each.
Vines that twine, climb by tendrils or coiling leafstalks, or scramble are
  pruned by similar methods.
These could also be joined by other methods or made from larger pieces of wood.
Control pests and diseases with nonchemical methods or low-toxicity chemicals
  and by choosing varieties that resist disease.
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