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  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛθəd/
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  • Hyphenation: meth‧od

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle French methode, 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 (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):
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, in 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”, in 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 consists 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. (object-oriented programming) A subroutine or function belonging to a class or object.
  4. (slang) Marijuana.


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.

Etymology 2Edit



method (plural methods)

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