method

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛθəd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛθəd
  • Hyphenation: meth‧od

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French methode, from Latin methodus, from Ancient Greek μέθοδος (méthodos).

Noun[edit]

method (countable and uncountable, 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).
    If one method doesn't work, you should ask a friend to help you.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene ii], page 261, column 2:
      Though this be madneſſe, / Yet there is Method in 't: []
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, in The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      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”, in American Scientist[2], volume 101, number 3, page 206-7:
      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.
  2. (acting, often "the method") A technique for acting based on the ideas articulated by Konstantin Stanislavski and focusing on authentically experiencing the inner life of the character being portrayed.
    Synonym: method acting
    • 1989, Kenneth Branagh, Beginning, London: Chatto & Windus, →ISBN, page 64:
      In this case, the application of the famous method was a little shaky. To be fair, the director was dealing with a pretty stroppy cast.
  3. (object-oriented programming) A subroutine or function belonging to a class or object.
    Synonym: member function
    • 2006, David A. Black; David Heinemeier Hansson, Ruby for Rails: Ruby Techniques for Rails Developers, Manning, →ISBN, page 101:
      When you call the method, you provide values corresponding to these variables in your method call.
  4. (slang) Marijuana.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:marijuana
  5. (dated) An instruction book systematically arranged.
Hyponyms[edit]
process by which a task is completed
(programming, object-oriented): subroutine or function of a class or object
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Verb[edit]

method (third-person singular simple present methods, present participle methoding, simple past and past participle methoded)

  1. (transitive) to apply a method
  2. (casting, by extension, transitive) to apply particular treatment methods to a mold
    The company employs extensive use of 3D modelling combined with solidification simulation to ensure that critical castings are properly methoded.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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Noun[edit]

method (plural methods)

  1. (skateboarding, snowboarding) Ellipsis of method air.

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