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Dictionary Definition

method n : a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps)

User Contributed Dictionary



From Ancient Greek μέθοδος (methodos) "pursuit of knowledge, investigation, mode of prosecuting such inquiry, system", from μετά, μέθ- (metα, meth-) "in the midst of, among, between, in common, along with, by aid of" + οδός (odos) "way, motion, journey".


  • /'mɛθəd/


  1. A process by which a task is completed; a way of doing something.
  2. A type of theatrical acting wherein the actor utilizes his personal emotions from personal experience to portray a scripted scene.
  3. In object-oriented languages, a subroutine or function belonging to a class or object.
  4. Marijuana.


process by which a task is completed
type of acting
subroutine or function in object-oriented languages

Extensive Definition

Method may refer to:
  • How to do or make something
  • Scientific method, a series of steps taken to acquire knowledge
  • Method (computer science), a piece of code associated with a class or object to perform a task
  • Method (music), a kind of textbook to help students learning to play a musical instrument
  • Methodology, the collection, the comparative study, and the critique of the individual methods that are used in a given discipline or field of inquiry
  • Software development process, a series of steps taken to build software
  • Method acting, a style of acting in which the actor attempts to replicate the conditions under which the character operates
  • Method (Godhead), the bassist and programmer for the industrial band Godhead
  • Discourse on Method, a philosophical and mathematical treatise by René Descartes
  • "The Method of Mechanical Theorems", part of the Archimedes Palimpsest
  • Method, a 2004 film directed by Duncan Roy
  • method, a San Francisco-based corporation which manufactures household products
method in Danish: Metode
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method in Lithuanian: Metodas
method in Dutch: Methode
method in Japanese: メソッド
method in Portuguese: Método
method in Romanian: Metodă
method in Russian: Метод
method in Simple English: Method
method in Finnish: Metodi

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