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Meaning of MODE

Pronunciation:  mowd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a manner of performance; "a manner of living"; "in the characteristic New York style"; "a way of life"
  2. [n]  the most frequent value of a random variable
  3. [n]  any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes within an octave
  4. [n]  verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker
  5. [n]  a classification of propositions on the basis of whether they claim necessity or possibility or impossibility
  6. [n]  a particular functioning condition or arrangement; "switched from keyboard to voice mode"

MODE is a 4 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: fashion, manner, modal value, modality, mood, musical mode, style, way
 See Also: artistic style, average, church mode, common mood, condition, declarative, declarative mood, diatonic scale, ecclesiastical mode, fact mood, fit, form, grammatical relation, Greek mode, Gregorian mode, idiom, imperative, imperative mood, indicative, indicative mood, interrogative, interrogative mood, jussive mood, life style, lifestyle, life-style, logical relation, major diatonic scale, major scale, medieval mode, method, minor diatonic scale, minor scale, modus vivendi, norm, optative, optative mood, property, setup, signature, status, subjunctive, subjunctive mood, touch, wise



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mode\, 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

         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.

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.

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}.

Computing Dictionary
  1. An object-oriented language.

    ["The Programming Language Mode: Language Definition and User Guide", J. Vihavainen, C-1987-50, U Helsinki, 1987].

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  2. 1. A general state, usually used with an adjective describing the state. Use of the word "mode" rather than "state" implies that the state is extended over time, and probably also that some activity characteristic of that state is being carried out. "No time to hack; I'm in thesis mode."

    In its jargon sense, "mode" is most often attributed to people, though it is sometimes applied to programs and inanimate objects. In particular, see hack mode, day mode, night mode, demo mode, fireworks mode, and yoyo mode; also chat.

    2. More technically, a mode is a special state that certain user interfaces must pass into in order to perform certain functions. For example, in order to insert characters into a document in the Unix editor "vi", one must type the "i" key, which invokes the "Insert" command. The effect of this command is to put vi into "insert mode", in which typing the "i" key has a quite different effect (to wit, it inserts an "i" into the document). One must then hit another special key, "ESC", in order to leave "insert mode". Nowadays, modeful interfaces are generally considered losing but survive in quite a few widely used tools built in less enlightened times.

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