modus

noun mo·dus \ ˈmōdəs \

Definition of modus

plural modi \-ˌdī\see sense 2
1 : the immediate manner in which property may be acquired (as by occupation or prescription) or the particular tenure by which it is held
2 plural moduses : a customary mode of tithing by composition instead of by payment in kind
  • still took his tithe pig or his modus
  • —George Eliot
3 : a mode of procedure : a way of doing something
  • no modus of accomplishing this desired result
  • —Ezra Pound
4 : mode
5 plural modes or mode : the relationship between the long and the breve in mensural music
  • In minor modus there are two breves to the long, whereas in major modus there are three.
— compare prolation, tempus

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Origin and Etymology of modus

Latin, measure, manner


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