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NOUN (2)

1. a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps);

2. an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed;
[syn: method acting, method]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Method \Meth"od\, n. [F. m['e]thode, 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. [1913 Webster] 2. Orderly arrangement, elucidation, development, or classification; clear and lucid exhibition; systematic arrangement peculiar to an individual. [1913 Webster] Though this be madness, yet there's method in it. --Shak. [1913 Webster] All method is a rational progress, a progress toward an end. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] 3. (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 Linnaean method. [1913 Webster] 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 the Method, method acting, the Stanislavsky Method or Stanislavsky System. [PJC] Syn: Order; system; rule; regularity; way; manner; mode; course; process; means. Usage: 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. [1913 Webster] Methodic
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

method n 1: a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps) 2: an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed [syn: method acting, method]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

173 Moby Thesaurus words for "method": MO, ability, action, actions, activity, acts, address, affectation, air, algorithm, anality, apple-pie order, approach, arrangement, art, avenue, behavior, behavior pattern, behavioral norm, behavioral science, blueprint, blueprinting, calculation, capacity, capital, carriage, charting, comportment, conception, conduct, contrivance, course, craft, culture pattern, custom, demeanor, deportment, design, device, devices, discipline, disposable resources, disposition, doing, doings, enterprise, envisagement, fashion, figuring, fine fettle, folkway, foresight, forethought, form, funds, game, gestures, goings-on, good condition, good shape, good trim, graphing, ground plan, guidelines, guise, idea, intention, layout, line, line of action, lines, lineup, long-range plan, maintien, manner, manner of working, manners, mapping, master plan, means, mechanics, mechanism, methodicalness, methodology, methods, mien, mode, mode of operation, mode of procedure, modus, modus operandi, modus vivendi, motions, movements, moves, neatness, observable behavior, operations research, order, orderliness, organization, pattern, plan, planning, planning function, poise, port, pose, posture, power, practice, praxis, prearrangement, presence, procedure, proceeding, process, program, program of action, rationalization, recourses, regularity, resorts, resources, road, route, routine, schedule, schema, schematism, schematization, scheme, scheme of arrangement, science, setup, skill, social science, stock, strategic plan, strategy, structure, style, supply, system, systematicness, systematization, tack, tactical plan, tactics, technic, technical know-how, technical knowledge, technical skill, technics, technique, technology, the big picture, the drill, the how, the picture, the way of, tidiness, tone, trimness, way, way of life, ways, ways and means, wherewith, wherewithal, wise, working plan, wrinkle
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

method In object-oriented programming, a function that can be called on an object of a given class. When a method is called (or invoked (method invocation)) on an object, the object is passed as an implicit argument to the method, usually referred to by the special variable "this". If the method is not defined in the object's class, it is looked for in that class's superclass, and so on up the class hierarchy until it is found. A subclass thus inherits {inheritance all the methods of its superclasses. Different classes may define methods with the same name (i.e. methods may be polymorphic). Methods are sometimes called "object methods" or "instance methods". "Class methods" are methods that operate on objects of class "class". "Static methods" are not methods but normal functions packaged with the class. (2000-03-22)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

METHOD. The mode of operating or the means of attaining an object. 2. It has been questioned whether the method of making a thing can be patented. But it has been considered that a method or mode may be the subject of a patent, because, when the object of two patents or effects to be produced is essentially the same, they may both be valid, if the modes of attaining the desired effect are essentially different. Dav. Pat. Cas. 290; 2 B. & Ald. 350; 2 H. Bl. 492; 8 T. R. 106; 4 Burr. 2397; Gods. on Pat. 85; Perpigna, Manuel des Inventeurs, &c., c. 1, sect. 5, Sec. 1, p. 22.