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.
- meth·od·less, adjective
- an·ti·meth·od, adjective
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How to use method in a sentence
Using standard methods, the cost of printing DNA could run upwards of a billion dollars or more, depending on the strand.
Laughs aside, the methods can take on other, less spirited forms.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks | M.L. Nestel | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is, after all, supposed to be a secret business whose practices and methods are not known to adversaries or friends.
Zubaydah and two other detainees were subsequently waterboarded, and subjected to other methods including sleep deprivation.CIA Interrogation Chief: ‘Rectal Feeding,’ Broken Limbs Are News to Me | Kimberly Dozier | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the absence of typical classrooms and curriculums, West Africans have opted for alternate methods of learning and education.
Numerous methods for staining capsules have been devised, but few are satisfactory.
Can there be any comparison between the educational efficiency of the two methods?The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The most promising of the methods which have been devised are cryoscopy, the methylene-blue test, and the phloridzin test.
When ordinary methods do not suffice, it can usually be cleared by shaking up with a little magnesium carbonate and filtering.
So intelligent were her methods that she doubtless had great influence in making the memory of his art enduring.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
British Dictionary definitions for method (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for Method (2 of 2)
(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
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