|1.||a manner or way of doing, acting, or existing|
|2.||the current fashion or style|
|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]|
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.
moden. [common] A general state, usually used with an adjective describing the state. Use of the word `mode' rather than `state' implies that the state is extended over time, and probably also that some activity characteristic of that state is being carried out. "No time to hack; I'm in thesis mode." In its jargon sense, `mode' is most often attributed to people, though it is sometimes applied to programs and inanimate objects. In particular, see hack mode, day mode, night mode, demo mode, fireworks mode, and yoyo mode; also talk mode.