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mode

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noun \ˈmōd\

Definition of mode

  1. 1 a :  an arrangement of the eight diatonic notes or tones of an octave according to one of several fixed schemes of their intervals b :  a rhythmical scheme (as in 13th and 14th century music)

  2. 2 :  2mood 2

  3. 3 [Late Latin modus, from Latin] a :  2mood 1 b :  the modal form of the assertion or denial of a logical proposition

  4. 4 a :  a particular form or variety of something <flying and other modes of transport> b :  a form or manner of expression :  style

  5. 5 :  a possible, customary, or preferred way of doing something <explained in the usual solemn mode>

  6. 6 a :  a manifestation, form, or arrangement of being; specifically :  a particular form or manifestation of an underlying substance b :  a particular functioning arrangement or condition :  status <a computer operating in parallel mode>

  7. 7 a :  the most frequent value of a set of data b :  a value of a random variable for which a function of probabilities defined on it achieves a relative maximum

  8. 8 :  any of various stationary vibration patterns of which an elastic body or oscillatory system is capable <the vibration mode of an airplane propeller blade> <the vibrational modes of a molecule>



Origin and Etymology of mode

Middle English moede, from Latin modus measure, manner, musical mode — more at mete


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of mode

method, mode, manner, way, fashion, system mean the means taken or procedure followed in achieving an end. method implies an orderly logical arrangement usually in steps <effective teaching methods>. mode implies an order or course followed by custom, tradition, or personal preference <the preferred mode of transportation>. manner is close to mode but may imply a procedure or method that is individual or distinctive <an odd manner of conducting>. way is very general and may be used for any of the preceding words <has her own way of doing things>. fashion may suggest a peculiar or characteristic way of doing something <rushing about in his typical fashion>. system suggests a fully developed or carefully formulated method often emphasizing rational orderliness <a filing system>.

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mode

noun

Definition of mode

  1. :  a prevailing fashion or style (as of dress or behavior)



Origin and Etymology of mode

French, from Latin modus


First Known Use: 1642

Synonym Discussion of mode

fashion, style, mode, vogue, fad, rage, craze mean the usage accepted by those who want to be up-to-date. fashion is the most general term and applies to any way of dressing, behaving, writing, or performing that is favored at any one time or place <the current fashion>. style often implies a distinctive fashion adopted by people of taste <a media baron used to traveling in style>. mode suggests the fashion of the moment among those anxious to appear elegant and sophisticated <slim bodies are the mode at this resort>. vogue stresses the wide acceptance of a fashion <short skirts are back in vogue>. fad suggests caprice in taking up or in dropping a fashion <last year's fad is over>. rage and craze stress intense enthusiasm in adopting a fad <Cajun food was the rage nearly everywhere for a time> <crossword puzzles once seemed just a passing craze but have lasted>.

Rhymes with mode


MODE Defined for Kids

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mode

play
noun \ˈmōd\

Definition of mode for Students

  1. 1 :  a particular form or variety of something <a mode of teaching>

  2. 2 :  a way of doing something <a mode of travel>

  3. 3 :  the most frequent value in a set of values




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mode

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noun

Definition of mode for Students

  1. :  a popular fashion or style





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