1 [mohd]
a manner of acting or doing; method; way: modern modes of transportation.
a particular type or form of something: Heat is a mode of motion.
a designated condition or status, as for performing a task or responding to a problem: a machine in the automatic mode.
appearance, form, or disposition taken by a thing, or by one of its essential properties or attributes.
(in the philosophy of Spinoza) one of the nonessential qualifications of God, contingent upon other modes. Compare attribute ( def 9 ).
modality ( def 3 ).
mood2 ( def 2 ).
Music. any of various arrangements of the diatonic tones of an octave, differing from one another in the order of the whole steps and half steps; scale.
Grammar, mood2 ( def 1 ).
Statistics. the value of the variate at which a relative or absolute maximum occurs in the frequency distribution of the variate.
Petrography. the actual mineral composition of a rock, expressed in percentages by weight.
Physics. any of the distinct patterns of oscillation that a given periodically varying system can have.

1250–1300; Middle English mod(e) (< Old French) < Latin modus measured amount, limit, manner, kind, tone

1. See method. Unabridged


2 [mohd]
fashion or style in manners, dress, etc.: He was much concerned to keep up with the latest mode.
a light gray or drab color.

1635–45; < French < Latin modus; see mode1 Unabridged
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mode (məʊd)
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]

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Word Origin & History

"manner," late 14c., "kind of musical scale," from L. modus "measure, rhythm, song, manner" (in L.L. also "mood" in grammar and logic), from PIE base *med-/*met- "to measure, limit, consider, advise, take appropriate measures" (cf. L. meditari "to think or reflect upon, consider," mederi "to look after,
heal, cure;" O.E. metan "to measure out," Gk. medein "to rule"). Meaning "manner in which a thing is done" first recorded 1667.

"current fashion," 1640s, from Fr. mode, from L. modus "manner" (see mode (1)).
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mode (mōd)

  1. The value or item occurring most frequently in a series of observations or statistical data.

  2. The number or range of numbers in a mathematical set that occurs the most frequently.

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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.

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mode definition

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.)

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Mode definition

An object-oriented language.
["The Programming Language Mode: Language Definition and User Guide", J. Vihavainen, C-1987-50, U Helsinki, 1987].
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mode definition

1. 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 chat.
2. More technically, a mode is a special state that certain user interfaces must pass into in order to perform certain functions. For example, in order to insert characters into a document in the Unix editor "vi", one must type the "i" key, which invokes the "Insert" command. The effect of this command is to put vi into "insert mode", in which typing the "i" key has a quite different effect (to wit, it inserts an "i" into the document). One must then hit another special key, "ESC", in order to leave "insert mode". Nowadays, modeful interfaces are generally considered losing but survive in quite a few widely used tools built in less enlightened times.
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Example sentences
Bicycles began to look like a very quaint and outdated mode of transportation.
In 1988 mode, you don't get to save the game, ever.
Before entering this mode, the satellite was tested thoroughly.
The driver slipped into four-wheel-drive mode.
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