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”).
method (plural methods)
- 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.
- A type of theatrical acting wherein the actor utilizes his personal emotions from personal experience to portray a scripted scene.
- (programming, object-oriented) A subroutine or function belonging to a class or object.
- (slang) Marijuana.
A process by which a task is completed
(programming, object-oriented) A subroutine or function of a class or object
process by which a task is completed
type of acting
(programming) subroutine or function in object-oriented languages
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