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Meaning of METHOD

Pronunciation:  'methud

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a way of doing or being; "in no wise"; "in this wise"
  2. [n]  a way of doing something, esp. a systematic one; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps)

METHOD is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: wise
 See Also: fashion, know-how, manner, method of choice, methodology, mnemonics, mode, solution, statistical method, style, system, system of rules, teaching method, technicolor, technique, way



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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.

         All method is a rational progress, a progress toward
         an end.                               --Sir W.

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.

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 sec?re 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.

Computing Dictionary

The name given in smalltalk and other object-oriented languages to a procedure or routine associated with one or more classes. An object of a certain class knows how to perform actions, e.g. printing itself or creating a new instance of itself, rather than the function (e.g. printing) knowing how to handle different types of object.

Different classes may define methods with the same name (i.e. methods may be polymorphic). The term "method" is used both for a named operation, e.g. "PRINT" and also for the code which a specific class provides to perform tha t operation.

Most methods operate on objects that are instances of a certain class. Some object-oriented languages call these "object methods" to distinguish then from "class methods".

In smalltalk, a method is defined by giving its name, documentation, temporary local variables and a sequence of expressions separated by "."s.

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