- 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.
Origin of method
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Examples from the Web for methods
Laughs aside, the methods can take on other, less spirited forms.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
It is, after all, supposed to be a secret business whose practices and methods are not known to adversaries or friends.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
Chuck Cogan, John MacGaffin
December 15, 2014
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
December 11, 2014
Di Bello described the color-splashed works as “abstract expressionism” with “surrealist” methods.The Tiniest Jackson Pollock
November 5, 2014
He added that “the method is not a better method, but complementary to other methods.”It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral
September 23, 2014
But his methods are not possessed in the main of dramatic respectability.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
These children, grown up, knew no other methods of training.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
But he was forty, and the methods of that many years must still govern his actions.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
To do this we must rely upon the methods which we use in any historical investigation.Understanding the Scriptures
Kingozi's methods of eating had in them little of the epicure.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
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- 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 methods
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.