method

There's a certain way of doing things. A systematic, logical process for accomplishing a task. And it's called a method.

There are methods of payment, production methods, and even "method acting." If someone asks if there's a "method to your madness," she wants to make sure there's some kind of plan behind all the crazy stuff you're doing. If you've thought it through and have organized the next steps, go ahead and tell them to buzz off, it's just your method of getting things done.

DEFINITIONS OF: method

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n a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps)

Examples:
Apollo program
a program of space flights undertaken by US to land a man on the Moon
Gemini program
a program of space flights undertaken by US in 1965 and 1966
Mercury program
a program of rocket-powered flights undertaken by US between 1961 and 1963 with the goal of putting a man in orbit around the earth
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pedagogics, pedagogy, teaching method
the principles and methods of instruction
method of choice
the best method to achieve a desired result
methodology
the system of methods followed in a particular discipline
mnemonics
a method or system for improving the memory
solution
a method for solving a problem
system, system of rules
a complex of methods or rules governing behavior
technique
a practical method or art applied to some particular task
technicolor
a trademarked method of making color motion pictures
statistical method, statistical procedure
a method of analyzing or representing statistical data; a procedure for calculating a statistic
wrinkle
a clever method of doing something (especially something new and different)
scientific method
a method of investigation involving observation and theory to test scientific hypotheses
Socratic method, maieutic method
a method of teaching by question and answer; used by Socrates to elicit truths from his students
silver bullet
a simple guaranteed solution for a difficult problem
accounting
a system that provides quantitative information about finances
discipline
a system of rules of conduct or method of practice
frame, frame of reference
a system of assumptions and standards that sanction behavior and give it meaning
gambling system
a system of rules for placing bets that is believed to lead to winning
government
(government) the system or form by which a community or other political unit is governed
honor system
a system of conduct in which participants are trusted not to take unfair advantage of others
logic, logical system, system of logic
a system of reasoning
merit system
the system of employing and promoting civil servants on the basis of ability
point system
a system of evaluation based on awarding points according to rules
spoils system
the system of employing and promoting civil servants who are friends and supporters of the group in power
organon
a system of principles for philosophic or scientific investigations; an instrument for acquiring knowledge
antialiasing
(computer graphics) a technique that is used to smooth jagged distortions in curves and diagonal lines so they appear smoother
Benday process
a photoengraving technique for adding shading or texture or tone to a printed image
bonding
(dentistry) a technique for repairing a tooth; resinous material is applied to the surface of the tooth where it adheres to the tooth's enamel
emulation
(computer science) technique of one machine obtaining the same results as another
immunofluorescence
(immunology) a technique that uses antibodies linked to a fluorescent dye in order to study antigens in a sample of tissue
photomechanics
the technique of using photomechanical methods to make photographs into plates for printing
computer simulation, simulation
(computer science) the technique of representing the real world by a computer program
program, programme
a system of projects or services intended to meet a public need
theosophy
a system of belief based on mystical insight into the nature of God and the soul
anthroposophy
a system of beliefs and practices based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner; it claims to integrate the practical and psychological in child-centered education
least squares, method of least squares
a method of fitting a curve to data points so as to minimize the sum of the squares of the distances of the points from the curve
multivariate analysis
a generic term for any statistical technique used to analyze data from more than one variable
regression, regression toward the mean, simple regression, statistical regression
the relation between selected values of x and observed values of y (from which the most probable value of y can be predicted for any value of x)
logic
the system of operations performed by a computer that underlies the machine's representation of logical operations
theological system, theology
a particular system or school of religious beliefs and teachings
ethic, ethical code
a system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct
Type of:
know-how
the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something

n 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

Synonyms:
method acting
Type of:
acting, performing, playacting, playing
the performance of a part or role in a drama
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