the Method


the Method
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 Linn[ae]an 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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Method — may refer to:* The Method of Mechanical Theorems , a work of Archimedes * The Method, a 1997 musical album by Killing Time * An obscure band of UK/Irish origin, Andwella, which also went by the name The Method * The Method , a song by We Are… …   Wikipedia

  • The Method of Mechanical Theorems — is a work by Archimedes which contains the first attested explicit use of infinitesimals.[1] The work was originally thought to be lost, but was rediscovered in the celebrated Archimedes Palimpsest. The palimpsest includes Archimedes account of… …   Wikipedia

  • The Method Actors — waren eine New Wave Gruppe aus Athens, Georgia, die von Vic Varney Ende der 1970er Jahre gegründet wurde. Sie traten erstmals 1979 auf. Sie veröffentlichten zwei Alben und mehrere Singles zwischen 1980 und 1983. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Diskographie… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • The Method Actors — Infobox Musical artist Name = The Method Actors Origin = Athens, Georgia, USA Background = group or band Genre = Rock and Roll, alternative, New Wave Years active = 1979–1982 Label = Armegeddon, db recs, Press URL =… …   Wikipedia

  • The Method (album) — Infobox Album Name = The Method Type = Album Artist = Killing Time Released = April, 1997 Recorded = June – August, 1996 LoHo Studio, New York City, U.S. Genre = Hardcore punk Length = 36:48 Label = Blackout Records Producer = Dean Rispler… …   Wikipedia

  • The Method (2005 film) — Infobox Film name = The Method image size = caption = director = Marcelo Piñeyro producer = Gerardo Herrero Francisco Ramos writer = Mateo Gil Marcelo Piñeyro Story: Jordi Galcerán narrator = starring = Eduardo Noriega Najwa Nimri Eduard… …   Wikipedia

  • Discourse on the Method — Part of a series on …   Wikipedia

  • On the method of dealing with the Rebellious Peoples of Valdichiana — (Italian: Del modo di trattare i popoli della Valdichiana ribellati)[1] is a 1502 work by Italian political scientist and historian Niccolò Machiavelli. A short excerpt in English may be found in Allan Gilbert s Machiavelli Volume One. References …   Wikipedia

  • Method acting — is a phrase that loosely refers to a family of techniques used by actors to create in themselves the thoughts and emotions of their characters, so as to develop lifelike performances. It can be contrasted with more classical forms of acting, in… …   Wikipedia

  • Method overriding — Method overriding, in object oriented programming, is a language feature that allows a subclass or child class to provide a specific implementation of a method that is already provided by one of its superclasses or parent classes. The… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.