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From Middle French méthode, from Ancient Greek μέθοδος ‎(méthodos, pursuit of knowledge, investigation, mode of prosecuting such inquiry, system), from μετά ‎(metá, after) +‎ ὁδός ‎(hodós, way, motion, journey).


  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛθəd/
  • Hyphenation: me‧thod


method ‎(plural methods)

  1. A process by which a task is completed; a way of doing something (followed by the adposition of, to or for before the purpose of the process):
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.
    • 2013 May-June, William E. Conner, “An Acoustic Arms Race”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 206-7: 
      Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close [] above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them. Many insects probably use this strategy, which is a close analogy to crypsis in the visible world—camouflage and other methods for blending into one’s visual background.
    One method of exercising a cat consist of making it follow the spot generated by a laser pointer.
    If one method doesn't work, you should ask a friend to help you.
  2. A type of theatrical acting wherein the actor utilizes his personal emotions from personal experience to portray a scripted scene.
  3. (programming, object-oriented) A subroutine or function belonging to a class or object.
  4. (slang) Marijuana.

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