Definition for MODE

MODE, n. [Fr. mode; L. modus; Sp. and It. modo; W. moz; Ir. modh; Sax. mete, gemet or gemett, from metan, gemetan, to meet, to find, to measure or mete, L. metior. The primary sense of mode is measure, hence form. Measure is from extending, the extent; hence a limit, and hence the derivative sense of restraining. See Meet and Measure.]

  1. Manner of existing or being; manner; method; form; fashion; custom; way; as, the mode of speaking; the mode of dressing; modes of receiving or entertaining company. The duty of itself being resolved on, the mode of doing it may be easily found. Taylor. It is applicable to particular acts, or to a series of acts, or to the common usage of a city or nation. One man has a particular mode of walking; another has a singular mode of dressing his hair. We find it necessary to conform in some measure to the usual modes of dress.
  2. Gradation; degree. What modes of sight between each wide extreme! Pope.
  3. State; quality. Shak.
  4. In metaphysics, the dependence or affection of a substance. Such complex ideas as contain not in them the supposition of subsisting by themselves, but are considered as dependencies or affections of substances, Locke calls modes. Of these he makes two kinds; simple modes, which are only variations or different combinations of the same idea, as a dozen, which consists of so many units added together; and mixed modes, which are compounded of simple ideas of several kinds, as beauty, which is compounded of color and figure. A mode is that which can not subsist in and of itself, but is esteemed as belonging to and subsisting by the help of some substance, which for that reason is called its subject. Watts.
  5. In music, a regular disposition of the air and accompaniments relative to certain principal sounds, on which a piece of music is formed, and which are called the essential sounds of the mode. Encyc.
  6. In grammar, a particular manner of conjugating verbs to express manner of conjugating verbs to express manner of action or being, as affirmation, command, condition and the like; usually and very improperly written mood. Mood is a word of different signification. [See Mood.]
  7. A kind of silk.

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