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mode    : [m'od]
Mode \Mode\ (m[=o]d), 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.
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The duty of itself being resolved on, the mode of
doing it may easily be found. --Jer. Taylor.
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A table richly spread in regal mode. --Milton.
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2. Prevailing popular custom; fashion, especially in the
phrase the mode.
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The easy, apathetic graces of a man of the mode.
--Macaulay.
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3. Variety; gradation; degree. --Pope.
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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}.
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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.
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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.
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6. (Gram.) Same as {Mood}.
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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.
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Note: In modern music, only the major and the minor mode, of
whatever key, are recognized.
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8. A kind of silk. See {Alamode}, n.
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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}.
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Syn: Method; manner. See {Method}.
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mode
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" [synonym:
{manner}, {mode}, {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 [synonym:
{modality}, {mode}]
4: verb inflections that express how the action or state is
conceived by the speaker [synonym: {mood}, {mode}, {modality}]
5: any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes
within an octave [synonym: {mode}, {musical mode}]
6: the most frequent value of a random variable [synonym: {mode},
{modal value}]

187 Moby Thesaurus words for "mode":
Aeolian mode, Aristotelian sorites, Dorian mode, Goclenian sorites,
Greek modes, Hindu mode, Indian mode, Locrian mode, Lydian mode,
MO, Phrygian mode, Platonic form, Platonic idea, SOP,
aesthetic form, affectation, algorithm, approach, archetype,
art form, attack, authentic mode, bearings, bon ton, build, case,
cast, categorical syllogism, chic, circumstance,
command of language, complexion, condition, conditional,
configuration, conformation, convention, course, craze, cry,
custom, cut, dilemma, enthymeme, estate, exaggeration,
expression of ideas, fad, fashion, feeling for words, figuration,
figure, fix, footing, form, form of speech, format, formation,
frame, furore, genre, grace of expression, grandiloquence, guise,
haute couture, high fashion, hypoaeolian mode, hypodorian mode,
hypoionian mode, hypolocrian mode, hypolydian mode,
hypomixolydian mode, hypophrygian mode, imperative, impression,
indicative, inflation, inner form, jam, jussive, layout, line,
line of action, lines, literary style, location, look, lot,
major mode, make, makeup, manner, manner of speaking,
manner of working, mannerism, matrix, means, method, methodology,
minor mode, mixolydian mode, modality, mode of expression,
mode of operation, mode of procedure, model, modus, modus operandi,
modus tollens, mold, mood, obligative, octave species, optative,
order, paralogism, pass, pattern, peculiarity, permissive,
personal style, pickle, place, plagal mode, plight, position,
posture, potential, practice, predicament, prevailing taste,
procedure, proceeding, process, proper thing, prosyllogism,
prototype, pseudosyllogism, raga, rage, rank, rhetoric, routine,
rule, rule of deduction, sense of language, set, set-up, shape,
significant form, situation, sorites, spot, stamp,
standard operating procedure, standing, state, station, status,
strain, stream of fashion, structure, style, stylistic analysis,
stylistics, subjunctive, swim, syllogism, system, tack, technique,
tenor, the drill, the grand style, the how, the plain style,
the sublime, the way of, tone, trend, trick, turn, type, vein,
vogue, way, wise

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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3. {video mode}.

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mode: n. [common] A general state, usually used with an adjective describing
the state. Use of the wordmoderather than
stateimplies 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, ‘modeis 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 talk mode.One also often hears the verbs enable and disable used in connection with jargon modes.
Thus, for example, a sillier way of sayingI'm going to
crashisI'm going to enable crash mode now”. One
might also hear a request todisable flame mode,
please”.In a usage much closer to techspeak, 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
ikey, which invokes theInsertcommand. The
effect of this command is to put vi intoinsert mode”, in
which typing theikey has a quite different effect (to wit,
it inserts aniinto the document). One must then hit
another special key, “ESC”, in order to leaveinsert
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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