Definition of mode in English:

mode

noun

  • 1A way or manner in which something occurs or is experienced, expressed, or done.

    ‘his preferred mode of travel was a kayak’
    • ‘Different modes of travel created new requirements in luggage design.’
    • ‘Our results show that these four translation proteins have experienced different modes of evolution.’
    • ‘The majority of teaching staff are comfortable communicating in either language in all modes.’
    • ‘The scrapped scheme, which entitled eligible residents to travel on numerous modes of transport, was replaced last year by a statutory half-fare bus pass.’
    • ‘For hundreds of years, composers have argued over what's the best way to represent music on the page, and many have experimented with weird new modes of notation.’
    • ‘Another problem was how quickly the ‘primitives’ began to adopt European modes of dress, language, commerce, and social mores.’
    • ‘When did we no longer appreciate that to dignify certain modes of behavior, manners, and ways of being with artistic representation was implicitly to glorify and promote them?’
    • ‘The mode of experience I employ here is no different than that of an atheist scholar.’
    • ‘Selected for and shaped by evolution, language has, most importantly, led to a new mode of evolution.’
    • ‘Figures also showed that 72 per cent of commuters outside London used cars to get to work, with buses the preferred mode of travel for two-thirds of those using public transport.’
    • ‘Indeed, an artist's skill may to some extent have consisted precisely in the mastery of a variety of pictorial modes and languages.’
    • ‘He looked at the expeditions' objectives, countries of origin, leaders' experience, funding and modes of travel.’
    • ‘They were obviously spending more time online than they had with me around, learning new languages and modes of thought.’
    • ‘From the point of view of a cognitive scientist, who looks at modes of thought, there are six basic types of progressives, each with a distinct mode of thought.’
    • ‘Surgeons also need to decide the mode or manner in which laser energy is delivered.’
    • ‘In this uncurtailed version we are able for the first time to experience the full impact of his mode of speech.’
    • ‘Anticipatory fear has two distinct modes: anxiety, a preoccupation with an impending threat, and worry, the internal struggle to find a way to escape the danger.’
    • ‘The symbols in this book range from those employed in processions or parades, to festivals such as Hallowe'en, to language, and to modes of dress.’
    • ‘Through ways of dancing, ways of looking, modes and topics of speech, the body is marked by the boundary and signifies boundary violation.’
    • ‘In four distinct but related modes of expression, the types of behaviour examined in this essay illustrate the fundamental importance of the public/private ethical boundary.’
    manner, way, fashion, means, method, system, style, approach, technique, procedure, process, methodology, modus operandi, form, routine, practice
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    1. 1.1An option allowing a change in the method of operation of a device, especially a camera.
      ‘a camcorder in automatic mode’
      • ‘This time our bugbear is the switch that allows you to alternate between playback, camera, movie modes.’
      • ‘It also looks like they have really thought about the ergonomics of this camera, controls are much more logical and changing modes and options is much easier.’
      • ‘I play around in manual mode, looking for the perfect combination of composition, shutter speed, and aperture.’
      • ‘In a home environment, where there are no network servers, Wi-Fi Protected Access runs in a special mode, which allows the use of manually entered keys or passwords instead.’
      • ‘When it was in automatic mode you didn't notice the gear changes.’
      • ‘Various extra little windows make specific options and view modes readily available.’
      • ‘The unit can also be set to an autocycle mode, which allows the machine to be set in tenth-of-a-second increments up to 5 seconds for automatic cycling.’
      • ‘Pulsed mode allows a short cooling period between pulses and does not create as much unanticipated thermal spread and subsequent tissue destruction.’
      • ‘Passive mode locking allows the device to produce near transform-limited pulses and to be compact and simple.’
      • ‘In manual mode, drivers can go up or down gears without depressing the clutch.’
      • ‘Now put the camera in manual mode and fix the shutter at 1 / 125th and the aperture at f11.’
      • ‘Most good printers have a standby mode that allows them to sleep and save energy when not actually printing.’
      • ‘It can also operate in a silent mode, alerting security personnel with a flashing light.’
      • ‘The machine has three modes of operation: automatic, semi-automatic and interactive.’
      • ‘There was one instance when the system was switched to manual mode due to a jammed ticket, and left in manual mode in error.’
      • ‘While the temptation may be there to force the camera into an editorial mode, they allow the characters to carry the story.’
      • ‘Much of the work would be using the camera in Manual mode and demonstrating the different effects that the photographer can produce.’
      • ‘Random mode allows you to set up a course of fire and then just let it run.’
      • ‘The slow shutter is very useful under low lighting conditions, while the macro mode allows you to capture an image as close as 10 cm to 60 cm away.’
      • ‘The best part of the surprise was that not only had I taken these photographs on my own, but I also had taken them with the camera in manual mode.’
    2. 1.2Computing
      A way of operating or using a system.
      ‘some computers provide several so-called processor modes’
      • ‘It allows these applications to run, without recompilation, under a 64-bit operating system in long mode.’
      • ‘In addition to the control, the web pages display information about network settings, operating mode and system status.’
      • ‘Software interrupts are interrupts produced by a program and processed in kernel mode by the operating system.’
      • ‘Major modes redefine how keystrokes operate, usually the Tab and Delete keys.’
      • ‘Virtually any UNIX or Linux system will compile SISAL code in single processor mode.’
    3. 1.3Physics
      Any of the distinct kinds or patterns of vibration of an oscillating system.
      • ‘The physical scalar fields that oscillate as normal modes about the potential minimum are the massless angular mode and the massive radial mode.’
      • ‘Here particles such as electrons are seen as vibration modes on strings.’
      • ‘Measuring the frequency of vibrational modes using infrared spectroscopy reveals the molecular fingerprint of the compounds in a sample.’
      • ‘But when they perturbed the rotating liquid with a pencil, they found that the circulation pattern could flip between distinct modes.’
      • ‘All the known particles of nature are just different modes of vibration of the string.’
    4. 1.4Logic
      The character of a modal proposition (whether necessary, contingent, possible, or impossible).
    5. 1.5Logic Grammar
      another term for mood
  • 2A fashion or style in clothes, art, literature, etc.

    ‘in the Seventies the mode for active wear took hold’
    • ‘Once inside, the bedrooms will turn out to be, like the whole hotel, in the mode of plush Vogue Regency.’
    • ‘But even Stalinist modernisation was not incompatible with older architectural modes.’
    • ‘Unless investigative literature is afforded some artistic space, how can this type of literature mode survive and develop?’
    • ‘It would be great if this swing in taste could also help raise the profile of artists who have long been working in the newly fashionable mode.’
    • ‘The weekly Rainfall report will similarly change from the summer mode to winter fashion.’
    • ‘To promote the boycott, they believed, was also to raise consciousness about socially-responsible and stylish modes of non-silk fashion.’
    • ‘Its great achievement is to recover the complexity of a literary mode that could easily be dismissed as vindictive, petty, and obscure.’
    • ‘It is possible to argue that York, like Aachen, was a city with imperial pretensions, with modern new buildings in the classical mode, and fine objects decorated in fashionable new styles.’
    • ‘In so doing, it anticipates realism as a literary mode.’
    • ‘The dictionary as a mode of literature is the antithesis of automatic writing, that disembodied burbling of the unconscious.’
    • ‘Longer length gloves, covered with cuff bracelets in the mode of Breakfast at Tiffany style will have a place worn with three quarter or elbow length sleeves.’
    • ‘He worked in a variety of styles, often parodying modes of both traditional and modern painting.’
    • ‘In changing times, therefore, one must re-evaluate traditional rules, styles, modes, and genres.’
    • ‘Seeking to transfer the realist mode of literature to German soil, he rejected the naturalism associated with figures such as Gerhard Hauptmann.’
    • ‘The prophetic is a literary mode long associated with Romanticism.’
    • ‘The bridesmaids wore Hawaiian-print dresses, a fashion mode echoed in the groomsmen's shirts.’
    • ‘Art Deco, however defined, never aspired to be more than a new look, a fashionable mode of decoration.’
    • ‘It is plausible that this tendency in memoir literature reflects the corrective mode of the middle class through which it tried to vindicate its self-image.’
    fashion, vogue, current style, latest style, style, look, trend, latest thing, latest taste
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  • 3Statistics
    The value that occurs most frequently in a given set of data.

    • ‘Weighted average time values for each mode are derived as follows.’
    • ‘Figure 4 shows mean and standard error of the mode, or most common, vessel length for the series of apple rootstock and scion varieties.’
    • ‘Various measures of central tendency and dispersion were calculated, including the mean, median, mode, standard deviation, and skew.’
    • ‘Estimates of the median and of the mode of the distributions agree (up to two decimal places) with estimates of the mean.’
    • ‘Genotype and allele frequencies were calculated from the mean of the 100 nearest values to the mode of the posterior distribution.’
    • ‘However, for distributions that are highly skewed toward small values, the mode can be very difficult to estimate.’
    mean, median, midpoint, centre
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  • 4Music
    A set of musical notes forming a scale and from which melodies and harmonies are constructed.

    • ‘That relation appears in countless images of Krishna playing the flute to cowherds, in the narratives that accompany Indian modes, or ragas, and iconography used to depict divine love.’
    • ‘His musical language is spare in style, its melodies and harmonies based on old church modes and the pentatonic scales of Finnish folk-music.’
    • ‘The tonality of the piece and the printed signature result from the scale or mode the composer has used during composition.’
    • ‘Byrd and Bull freed themselves from the old ecclesiastical modes, or ancient scales.’
    • ‘The mode then changes to the major for the extensive closing section.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the musical and grammatical senses): from Latin modus measure, from an Indo-European root shared by mete; compare with mood.

Pronunciation:

mode

/məʊd/