noun Etymology: Middle English, prescribed treatment, from Latin methodus, from Greek methodos, from meta- + hodos way Date: 15th century 1. a procedure or process for attaining an object: as a. (1) a systematic procedure, technique, or mode of inquiry employed by or proper to a particular discipline or art (2) a systematic plan followed in presenting material for instruction b. (1) a way, technique, or process of or for doing something (2) a body of skills or techniques 2. a discipline that deals with the principles and techniques of scientific inquiry 3. a. orderly arrangement, development, or classification ; plan b. the habitual practice of orderliness and regularity 4. capitalized a dramatic technique by which an actor seeks to gain complete identification with the inner personality of the character being portrayed Synonyms: method, mode, manner, way, fashion, system mean the means taken or procedure followed in achieving an end. method implies an orderly logical arrangement usually in steps <
effective teaching methods
. mode implies an order or course followed by custom, tradition, or personal preference <
the preferred mode of transportation
. manner is close to mode but may imply a procedure or method that is individual or distinctive <
an odd manner of conducting
. way is very general and may be used for any of the preceding words <
has her own way of doing things
. fashion may suggest a peculiar or characteristic way of doing something <
rushing about in his typical fashion
. system suggests a fully developed or carefully formulated method often emphasizing rational orderliness <
a filing system

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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