- a procedure, technique, or way of doing something, especially in accordance with a definite plan: There are three possible methods of repairing this motor.
- a manner or mode of procedure, especially an orderly, logical, or systematic way of instruction, inquiry, investigation, experiment, presentation, etc.: the empirical method of inquiry.
- order or system in doing anything: to work with method.
- orderly or systematic arrangement, sequence, or the like.
- the Method. Also called Stanislavski Method, Stanislavski System. a theory and technique of acting in which the performer identifies with the character to be portrayed and renders the part in a naturalistic, nondeclamatory, and highly individualized manner.
- (usually initial capital letter) of, relating to, or employing the Method: a Method actor; Method acting.
- (sometimes not capital)
- a technique of acting based on the theories of Stanislavsky, in which the actor bases his role on the inner motivation of the character he plays
- (as modifier)a Method actor
- a way of proceeding or doing something, esp a systematic or regular one
- orderliness of thought, action, etc
- (often plural) the techniques or arrangement of work for a particular field or subject
- bell-ringing any of several traditional sets of changesSee major (def. 19), minor (def. 8)
n.early 15c., “regular, systematic treatment of disease,” from Latin methodus “way of teaching or going,” from Greek methodos “scientific inquiry, method of inquiry, investigation,” originally “pursuit, a following after,” from meta- “after” (see meta-) + hodos “a traveling, way” (see cede). Meaning “way of doing anything” is from 1580s; that of “orderliness, regularity” is from 1610s. In reference to a theory of acting associated with Russian director Konstantin Stanislavsky, it is attested from 1923. n.
- A means or manner of procedure, especially a regular and systematic way of accomplishing something.
- Orderly arrangement of parts or steps to accomplish an end.
- The procedures and techniques characteristic of a particular discipline or field of knowledge.