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Meaning of mode by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( RP ) IPA: /məʊd/, X-SAMPA: /m@Ud/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /moʊd/, X-SAMPA: /moUd/
    • Rhymes: -əʊd

    Etymology 1

    From Latin modus ( “measure, due measure, rhythm, melody” )


    mode ( plural: modes )

    1. ( music ) One of several ancient scales, one of which corresponds to the modern major scale and one to the natural minor scale
    2. A particular means of accomplishing something .
      What was the mode of entry?
    3. ( statistics ) The most frequently occurring value in a distribution
    4. ( mathematics, physics ) A state of a system that is represented by an eigenfunction of that system .
    5. ( computing ) One of various related sets of rules for processing data .
      In insert mode, characters typed are directly inserted into the buffer
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    Etymology 2

    From French mode .


    mode ( plural: modes )

    1. Style or fashion .


    • demo, dome, E.D. Mo., Edom

Explanation of mode by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. how something is done or how it happens

    2. their nomadic mode of existence
    3. the most frequent value of a random variable

    4. any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes within an octave

    5. verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker

    6. a classification of propositions on the basis of whether they claim necessity or possibility or impossibility

    7. a particular functioning condition or arrangement

    8. switched from keyboard to voice mode

    Definition of mode by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Mode ( mōd ), n. [L. modus a measure, due or proper measure, bound, manner, form; akin to E. mete: cf. F. mode. See Mete, and cf. Commodious, Mood in grammar, Modus.]
      1. Manner of doing or being; method; form; fashion; custom; way; style; as, “the mode of speaking; the mode of dressing.”

      The duty of itself being resolved on, the mode of doing it may easily be found. Jer. Taylor.

      A table richly spread in regal mode. Milton.

      2. Prevailing popular custom; fashion, especially in the phrase the mode.

      The easy, apathetic graces of a man of the mode. Macaulay.

      3. Variety; gradation; degree. Pope.

      4. ( Metaph. ) 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.

      Modes I call such complex ideas, which, however compounded, contain not in them the supposition of subsisting by themselves, but are considered as dependencies on, or affections of, substances. Locke.

      5. ( Logic ) The form in which the proposition connects the predicate and subject, whether by simple, contingent, or necessary assertion; the form of the syllogism, as determined by the quantity and quality of the constituent proposition; mood.

      6. ( Gram. ) Same as Mood.

      7. ( Mus. ) 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.

      ☞ In modern music, only the major and the minor mode, of whatever key, are recognized.

      8. A kind of silk. See Alamode, n.

      9. ( Gram. ) the value of the variable in a frequency distribution or probability distribution, at which the probability or frequency has a maximum. The maximum may be local or global. Distributions with only one such maximum are called unimodal; with two maxima, bimodal, and with more than two, multimodal.

      Syn. -- Method; manner. See Method.