- a procedure, technique, or way of doing something, especially in accordance with a definite plan: There are three possible methods of repairing this motor.
- a manner or mode of procedure, especially an orderly, logical, or systematic way of instruction, inquiry, investigation, experiment, presentation, etc.: the empirical method of inquiry.
- order or system in doing anything: to work with method.
- orderly or systematic arrangement, sequence, or the like.
- the Method. Also called Stanislavski Method, Stanislavski System. a theory and technique of acting in which the performer identifies with the character to be portrayed and renders the part in a naturalistic, nondeclamatory, and highly individualized manner.
- (usually initial capital letter) of, relating to, or employing the Method: a Method actor; Method acting.
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Then French obstetricians advocated that the method would reduce pain and create a birthing environment free of stress.Are Water Births Toxic to Babies?
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Called by the hoity toity term of nasal insufflation, this method was used by some in Asia till a few hundred years ago.Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World
December 2, 2014
Its method of transit is direct person-to-person contact with body fluids.The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
He says he has perfected the method to reduce the risk of falling ill.Meet the Julia Child of Weed
November 13, 2014
“I have chosen a ‘middle-ground’ method of moderation, a sort of behind-the-scenes prodding,” he wrote in a posting.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
He had tried this method of seeing Viviette before, but without success.Viviette
William J. Locke
Saved by this method once they would reject it when it came to danger the second time.
The method of working with it was simple in idea, however difficult in practice.
(b) How should jars, covers, and rubbers be treated in this method?
The method of sealing must also be judged before the can is opened.
- (sometimes not capital)
- a technique of acting based on the theories of Stanislavsky, in which the actor bases his role on the inner motivation of the character he plays
- (as modifier)a Method actor
Word Origin and History for method
early 15c., "regular, systematic treatment of disease," from Latin methodus "way of teaching or going," from Greek methodos "scientific inquiry, method of inquiry, investigation," originally "pursuit, a following after," from meta- "after" (see meta-) + hodos "a traveling, way" (see cede). Meaning "way of doing anything" is from 1580s; that of "orderliness, regularity" is from 1610s. In reference to a theory of acting associated with Russian director Konstantin Stanislavsky, it is attested from 1923.
- A means or manner of procedure, especially a regular and systematic way of accomplishing something.
- Orderly arrangement of parts or steps to accomplish an end.
- The procedures and techniques characteristic of a particular discipline or field of knowledge.