method
methodless, adj.
/meth"euhd/, n.
1. a procedure, technique, or way of doing something, esp. in accordance with a definite plan: There are three possible methods of repairing this motor.
2. a manner or mode of procedure, esp. an orderly, logical, or systematic way of instruction, inquiry, investigation, experiment, presentation, etc.: the empirical method of inquiry.
3. order or system in doing anything: to work with method.
4. orderly or systematic arrangement, sequence, or the like.
5. the Method. Also called Stanislavski Method, Stanislavski System. a theory and technique of acting in which the performer identifies with the character to be portrayed and renders the part in a naturalistic, nondeclamatory, and highly individualized manner.
adj.
6. (usually cap.) of, pertaining to, or employing the Method: a Method actor; Method acting.
[1375-1425; late ME: medical procedure < L methodus < Gk méthodos systematic course, equiv. to met- META- + hodós way, road]
Syn. 1, 2. means, technique. METHOD, MODE, WAY imply a manner in which a thing is done or in which it happens. METHOD refers to a settled kind of procedure, usually according to a definite, established, logical, or systematic plan: the open-hearth method of making steel; one method of solving a problem. MODE is a more formal word that implies a customary or characteristic fashion of doing something: Kangaroos have a peculiar mode of carrying their young. WAY, a word in popular use for the general idea, is equivalent to various more specific words: someone's way (manner) of walking; the best way (method) of rapid calculating; the way (mode) of holding a pen. 4. disposition.

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