mode

1
[ mohd ]
/ moʊd /

noun

Origin of mode

1
1250–1300; Middle English mod(e) (< Old French) < Latin modus measured amount, limit, manner, kind, tone

Can be confused

mode modulemode mood

Definition for mode (2 of 3)

mode

2
[ mohd ]
/ moʊd /

noun

fashion or style in manners, dress, etc.: He was much concerned to keep up with the latest mode.
a light gray or drab color.

Origin of mode

2
1635–45; < French < Latin modus; see mode1

Definition for mode (3 of 3)

à la mode

[ ah luh mohd, al-uh-; French a la mawd ]
/ ˌɑ lə ˈmoʊd, ˌæl ə-; French a la ˈmɔd /

adjective

in or according to the fashion.
Cookery.
  1. (of pie or other dessert) served with a portion of ice cream, often as a topping: apple pie à la mode.
  2. (of beef) larded and braised or stewed with vegetables, herbs, etc., and served with a rich brown gravy.
Also a la mode, alamode.

Origin of à la mode

Borrowed into English from French around 1640–50
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British Dictionary definitions for mode (1 of 2)

mode

/ (məʊd) /

noun

Word Origin for mode

C14: from Latin modus measure, manner

British Dictionary definitions for mode (2 of 2)

à la mode

/ (ɑː lɑː ˈməʊd, æ lə, French a la mɔd) /

adjective

fashionable in style, design, etc
(of meats) braised with vegetables in wine
mainly US and Canadian (of desserts) served with ice cream

Word Origin for à la mode

C17: from French: according to the fashion
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Medicine definitions for mode

mode

[ mōd ]

n.

The value or item occurring most frequently in a series of observations or statistical data.
The number or range of numbers in a mathematical set that occurs the most frequently.
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Science definitions for mode

mode

[ mōd ]

The value that occurs most frequently in a data set. For example, in the set 125, 140, 172, 164, 140, 110, the mode is 140. Compare arithmetic mean average median.
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Culture definitions for mode

mode


In statistics, the most frequently appearing value in a set of numbers or data points. In the numbers 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 4, 9, 6, 8, and 6, the mode is 6, because it appears more often than any of the other figures. (See average; compare mean and median.)

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