method

[ meth-uhd ]
/ ˈmɛθ əd /

noun

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.

adjective

(usually initial capital letter) of, relating to, or employing the Method: a Method actor; Method acting.

Origin of method

1375–1425; late Middle English: medical procedure < Latin methodus < Greek méthodos systematic course, equivalent to met- meta- + hodós way, road

SYNONYMS FOR method

1, 2 means, technique. Method, mode, way imply a manner in which a thing is done or in which it happens. Method refers to a settled kind of procedure, usually according to a definite, established, logical, or systematic plan: the open-hearth method of making steel; one method of solving a problem. Mode is a more formal word that implies a customary or characteristic fashion of doing something: Kangaroos have a peculiar mode of carrying their young. Way, a word in popular use for the general idea, is equivalent to various more specific words: someone's way (manner) of walking; the best way (method) of rapid calculating; the way (mode) of holding a pen.
4 disposition.

OTHER WORDS FROM method

meth·od·less, adjectivean·ti·meth·od, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for methods (1 of 2)

Method
/ (ˈmɛθəd) /

noun

(sometimes not capital)
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)a Method actor

British Dictionary definitions for methods (2 of 2)

method
/ (ˈmɛθəd) /

noun

a way of proceeding or doing something, esp a systematic or regular one
orderliness of thought, action, etc
(often plural) the techniques or arrangement of work for a particular field or subject
bell-ringing any of several traditional sets of changesSee major (def. 19), minor (def. 8)

Word Origin for method

C16: via French from Latin methodus, from Greek methodos, literally: a going after, from meta- after + hodos way
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Medicine definitions for methods

method
[ mĕthəd ]

n.

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.
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