Meth"od(?), n. [F. mthode, L. methodus, fr. Gr. meqodos method, investigation following after; meta` after + "odo`s way.] 1. An orderly procedure or process; regular manner of doing anything; hence, manner; way; mode; as, a method of teaching languages; a method of improving the mind. Addison.
2. Orderly arrangement, elucidation, development, or classification; clear and lucid exhibition; systematic arrangement peculiar to an individual.
Though this be madness, yet there's method in it.Shak.
All method is a rational progress, a progress toward an end.Sir W. Hamilton.
(Nat. Hist.) Classification; a mode or system of classifying natural objects according to certain common characteristics; as, the
method of Theophrastus; the
method of Ray; the Linnan
4. A technique used in acting in which the actor tries to identify with the individual personality of the specific character being portrayed, so as to provide a realistic rendering of the character's role. Also called
method acting, the
Stanislavsky Method or
Syn. -- Order; system; rule; regularity; way; manner; mode; course; process; means. -- Method, Mode, Manner. Method implies arrangement; mode, mere action or existence. Method is a way of reaching a given end by a series of acts which tend to secure it; mode relates to a single action, or to the form which a series of acts, viewed as a whole, exhibits. Manner is literally the handling of a thing, and has a wider sense, embracing both method and mode. An instructor may adopt a good method of teaching to write; the scholar may acquire a bad mode of holding his pen; the manner in which he is corrected will greatly affect his success or failure.
Me*thod"ic*al(?), } a. [L. methodicus, Gr. : cf. F. mthodique.] 1. Arranged with regard to method; disposed in a suitable manner, or in a manner to illustrate a subject, or to facilitate practical observation; well-ordered; as, the methodical arrangement of arguments; a methodical treatise. [wns=2] "Methodical regularity." Addison.
2. Proceeding with regard to method; characterized by method or orderliness; systematic; as, a
methodical investigation. [wns=1] "Aristotle, strict, methodic, and orderly."
3. Of or pertaining to the ancient school of physicians called methodists.
adv. -- Me*thod"ic*al*ness,
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