mode (məʊd) | |
—n | |
1. | a manner or way of doing, acting, or existing |
2. | the current fashion or style |
3. | music |
a. any of the various scales of notes within one octave, esp any of the twelve natural diatonic scales taken in ascending order used in plainsong, folk song, and art music until 1600 | |
b. (in the music of classical Greece) any of the descending diatonic scales from which the liturgical modes evolved | |
c. either of the two main scale systems in music since 1600: major mode; minor mode | |
4. | logic, linguistics modality another name for mood |
5. | philosophy a complex combination of ideas the realization of which is not determined by the component ideas |
6. | mean Compare median that one of a range of values that has the highest frequency as determined statistically |
7. | the quantitative mineral composition of an igneous rock |
8. | physics one of the possible configurations of a travelling or stationary wave |
9. | physics one of the fundamental vibrations |
[C14: from Latin modus measure, manner] |
mode (mōd)
n.
The value or item occurring most frequently in a series of observations or statistical data.
The number or range of numbers in a mathematical set that occurs the most frequently.
mode [%PREMIUM_LINK%] (mōd) Pronunciation Key The value that occurs most frequently in a data set. For example, in the set 125, 140, 172, 164, 140, 110, the mode is 140. Compare arithmetic mean, average, median. |
In statistics, the most frequently appearing value in a set of numbers or data points. In the numbers 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 4, 9, 6, 8, and 6, the mode is 6, because it appears more often than any of the other figures. (See average; compare mean and median.)