method acting
Method Meth"od, n. [F. m['e]thode, L. methodus, fr. Gr. meqodos method, investigation following after; meta` after + "odo`s way.] 1. An orderly procedure or process; regular manner of doing anything; hence, manner; way; mode; as, a method of teaching languages; a method of improving the mind. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. Orderly arrangement, elucidation, development, or classification; clear and lucid exhibition; systematic arrangement peculiar to an individual. [1913 Webster]

Though this be madness, yet there's method in it. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

All method is a rational progress, a progress toward an end. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

3. (Nat. Hist.) Classification; a mode or system of classifying natural objects according to certain common characteristics; as, the method of Theophrastus; the method of Ray; the Linn[ae]an method. [1913 Webster]

4. A technique used in acting in which the actor tries to identify with the individual personality of the specific character being portrayed, so as to provide a realistic rendering of the character's role. Also called {the Method}, {method acting}, the Stanislavsky Method or {Stanislavsky System}. [PJC]

Syn: Order; system; rule; regularity; way; manner; mode; course; process; means.

Usage: {Method}, {Mode}, {Manner}. Method implies arrangement; mode, mere action or existence. Method is a way of reaching a given end by a series of acts which tend to secure it; mode relates to a single action, or to the form which a series of acts, viewed as a whole, exhibits. Manner is literally the handling of a thing, and has a wider sense, embracing both method and mode. An instructor may adopt a good method of teaching to write; the scholar may acquire a bad mode of holding his pen; the manner in which he is corrected will greatly affect his success or failure. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Method acting — is a phrase that loosely refers to a family of techniques used by actors to create in themselves the thoughts and emotions of their characters, so as to develop lifelike performances. It can be contrasted with more classical forms of acting, in… …   Wikipedia

  • method acting — ► NOUN ▪ an acting technique in which an actor tries to identify completely with a character s emotions …   English terms dictionary

  • Method Acting — Als Method Acting bezeichnete Lee Strasberg seine auf der Lehre Konstantin Stanislawskis beruhende Methode, die Schauspielerei zu erlernen. Es ist eine US amerikanische Variante des Naturalismus im Schauspiel. Der Schauspieler arbeitet dabei mit… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • method acting — noun an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed • Syn: ↑method • Hypernyms: ↑acting, ↑playing, ↑playacting …   Useful english dictionary

  • method acting —   a style of acting first expounded by Konstantine Stanislavsky in the early 1900s, and popularized by Lee Strasberg (1899 1982) in the US in his Actors Studio; refers to actors who gave realistic performances based upon and drawn from their own… …   Glossary of cinematic terms

  • Method-Acting — Me|thod Ac|ting [ mɛθəd|ɛktɪŋ ], das; s [amerik.]: schauspielerische Methode, bei der die Darsteller authentische Gefühle in kontrollierter Form erleben. * * * Me|thod Ac|ting [ mɛȓəd ɛktɪŋ], das; s [engl. method acting, aus: method = Vorgehen,… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • method acting — UK / US noun [uncountable] theatre, cinema preparation for an acting role in which the actor gets real experience of the life of the type of character that he or she will play Derived word: method actor noun countable Word forms method actor :… …   English dictionary

  • method acting — /ˈmɛθəd æktɪŋ/ (say methuhd akting) noun an acting technique by which actors try to immerse themselves in the emotional world of the character they are portraying so that the responses required by the part have a feeling of authenticity because… …   Australian English dictionary

  • method acting — n [U] a way of acting in which actors try to identify completely with the characters they are playing. It was based on the ideas of the Russian director Constantin Stanislavsky, and developed in the US by Lee Strasberg at the Actors’ Studio in… …   Universalium

  • Method-Acting — Me|thod Ac|ting [ mɛθədɛktiŋ] das; s <zu engl. method »Methode« (vgl. ↑Methodismus) u. acting »Schauspielerei«> Art der Schauspielerei, die darin besteht, dass der Schauspieler sich auf sich selbst konzentriert, auf eigene Erfahrungen… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”