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.
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.
Note: ☞ In modern music, only the major and the minor mode, of whatever key, are recognized.
8. A kind of silk. See Alamode, n.
Syn: -- Method; manner. See Method.
n 1: 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"
[syn: manner, style, way, fashion]
2: a particular functioning condition or arrangement; "switched
from keyboard to voice mode"
3: a classification of propositions on the basis of whether
they claim necessity or possibility or impossibility [syn:
4: verb inflections that express how the action or state is
conceived by the speaker [syn: mood, modality]
5: any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes
within an octave [syn: musical mode]
6: the most frequent value of a random variable [syn: modal