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method meaning

[ 'meθəd ] Pronunciation:   "method" in a sentence
  • Noun: method  methud
    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
      - method acting 
    3. (computing) a function or procedure, esp. to interface with an object in an object-oriented programming language

    Derived forms: methods

    See also: methodical

    Type of: acting, know-how, performing, playacting, playing

    Encyclopedia: Method


  • [Business]
    noun [C]

    ACCRUAL METHOD, CRITICAL INCIDENT METHOD, CRITICAL PATH METHOD, DECLINING BALANCE METHOD, DEPRECIATION METHOD, DIMINISHING BALANCE METHOD, DOUBLE-DECLINING BALANCE METHOD, EQUITY METHOD, ORGANIZATION AND METHOD, REDUCING BALANCE METHOD, STRAIGHT-LINE METHOD, SUM OF THE DIGITS METHOD

    a particular way of doing sth:

    We devised a new method for measuring unemployment.

    Please indicate your preferred method of payment.

    the traditional methods of motivating employees

    The industry has adopted faster and cheaper production methods.

    ❖ to change/develop/devise/use a method

    conventional/traditional/unconventional methods

    effective/good/preferred/reliable methods


  • [Medicine]
    n : a procedure or process for attaining an object: as
    a : a systematic procedure, technique, or mode of inquiry employed by or proper to a particular discipline —see SCIENTIFIC METHOD
    b : a way, technique, or process of or for doing something

  • [Computer]
    <programming> 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.

Examples

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  1. the bisection method finds only one of them.
  2. but the method does not disturb the profits.
  3. she is not too nice in her business methods.
  4. when hard tactics failed, soft methods were used.
  5. they wish to adopt more radical methods.

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