[syn: mode, modal value]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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,
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
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.
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.
Syn: Method; manner. See Method.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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" [syn:
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 [syn:
4: verb inflections that express how the action or state is
conceived by the speaker [syn: mood, mode, modality]
5: any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes
within an octave [syn: mode, musical mode]
6: the most frequent value of a random variable [syn: mode,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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
The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
[common] 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 talk mode.
One also often hears the verbs enable and disable used in connection with
jargon modes. Thus, for example, a sillier way of saying ?I'm going to
crash? is ?I'm going to enable crash mode now?. One might also hear a
request to ?disable 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 ?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
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
An object-oriented language.
["The Programming Language Mode: Language Definition and User
Guide", J. Vihavainen, C-1987-50, U Helsinki, 1987].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
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
3. video mode.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
MODEL. A machine made on a small scale to show the manner in which it is to
be worked or employed.
2. The Act of Congress of July 4, 1836, section 6, requires an inventor
who is desirous to take out a patent for his invention, to furnish a model
of his invention, in all cases which admit of representation by model, of a
convenient size to exhibit advantageously its several parts.