Definitions of mode

  1. a manner of performance; " a manner of living"; " in the characteristic New York style"; " a way of life"
  2. the most frequent value of a random variable
  3. a classification of propositions on the basis of whether they claim necessity or possibility or impossibility
  4. a particular functioning condition or arrangement; " switched from keyboard to voice mode"
  5. any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes within an octave
  6. how something is done or how it happens; " her dignified manner"; " his rapid manner of talking"; " their nomadic mode of existence"; " in the characteristic New York style"; " a lonely way of life"; " in an abrasive fashion"
  7. Manner of doing or being; method; form; fashion; custom; way; style; as, the mode of speaking; the mode of dressing.
  8. Prevailing popular custom; fashion, especially in the phrase the mode.
  9. Variety; gradation; degree.
  10. Any combination of qualities or relations, considered apart from the substance to which they belong, and treated as entities; more generally, condition, or state of being; manner or form of arrangement or manifestation; form, as opposed to matter.
  11. Same as Mood.
  12. The scale as affected by the various positions in it of the minor intervals; as, the Dorian mode, the Ionic mode, etc., of ancient Greek music.
  13. A kind of silk. See Alamode, n.
  14. Custom; fashion; manner; in grammar, a change in the form of a verb to denote the manner of its action or being: called also mood.
  15. Modal.
  16. Rule: custom: form: manner of existing: that which exists only as a quality of substance.
  17. Form; manner; fashion; in mus., distinction of scales, as major and minor.
  18. Manner of being or doing; way; prevailing style.
  19. The manner in which the action of a verb is stated.
  20. Manner; method; form; fashion: a kind of silk. See Mood.
  21. Manner of existing or being; manner; fashion; custom; usual way or course; in music, the peculiar melody of the octave in its divisions, as the minor mode, the major mode.

Usage examples for mode

  1. There was something tremulous in his touch of it; it seemed as if he were afraid of it by the mode in which he hid it away, and secured himself from it, as it were. – Septimius Felton or, The Elixir of Life by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. The present mode of expression is only to be justified by considering the nominative form to be a dative one, just as in the expression you are here, the word you, although an accusative, is considered as a nominative. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  3. Well, the King sets the mode, and the King, I heard, was closeted with Madame and the Duke of York. – Simon Dale by Anthony Hope
  4. She did not resent this mode of putting questions to her. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  5. Here the doctor asked: " And has this singular mode of traveling become popular, Thorwald?" – Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World by James Cowan
  6. He had lost that opportunity of giving up the will through Mr Griffith, but he was still resolved that some other mode must be discovered before the month should have run by. – Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope
  7. We may not always agree with the critic's opinion, but we can hardly fail to understand the subject better through his mode of treatment. – The Age of Tennyson by Hugh Walker
  8. I thought that good- looking was a very feeble mode of expression, and I said so emphatically. – Mr. Marx's Secret by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  9. She did not mind whether her dress was cut according to the mode or not- she scarcely looked at her faded but still pretty face. – A Girl in Ten Thousand by L. T. Meade
  10. Energy is spirit and will at work; law is the mode of work. – The Universe a Vast Electric Organism by George Woodward Warder
  11. He adopted a singular mode of self- protection. – Three French Moralists and The Gallantry of France by Edmund Gosse
  12. According to Captain Cook's mode, it is Eree rahie. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  13. Taylor and Hessey are requested to forward the enclosed letter by some safe mode of conveyance to the Author of Endymion, who is not known at Teignmouth: or if they have not his address, they will return the letter by post, directed as below, within a fortnight, " Mr. P. Fenbank, P. O., Teignmouth." – Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends by John Keats
  14. This hurrahing was quite in line with the Dorrances' own mode of expression, and they soon taught Mary to hurrah for each of them by name. – The Dorrance Domain by Carolyn Wells
  15. They did justice to it, though in a gentlemanly way- not in the mode Mr. Donne would have done had he been present. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  16. The return of my father made some alteration in our mode of life. – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  17. Our object is to learn their history, their customs, their mode of communication, and their degree of intelligence- if possible." – The Death-Traps of FX-31 by Sewell Peaslee Wright
  18. The best of it all, from the enthusiastic girl- students' point of view, was, however, in the dark- eyed Italienne's mode of saying farewell. – The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees by Mary Caroline Crawford
  19. I found interesting people everywhere, in every mode of life, and in every class of society. – An Autobiography by Catherine Helen Spence
  20. From this mode of reasoning, then, it is proper that a man should consider nothing else, both with respect to himself and others, than what is most excellent and best; and it necessarily follows that this same person must also know that which is worst, for that the knowledge of both of them is the same. – Apology, Crito, and Phaedo of Socrates by Plato