Someone who has wealth beyond the average person is said to be a person of means. Means can also mean the way something happens. You should try to resolve your fight with your brother through peaceful means––noogies are so undignified.

The expression "the end justifies the means" is an example of this usage — basically, you are saying that even if the method used to get the result was bad, the result was good enough to make it okay. The tools needed to do something can also be called the means. You don't have the means to make an art project if you need paint and feathers and you have neither.

Definitions of means

n how a result is obtained or an end is achieved

“a means of control”
agency, way
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interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by means of'
a means or way of escaping
fast track
a rapid means of achieving a goal
instrument, tool
the means whereby some act is accomplished
a way or means to achieve something
stepping stone
any means of advancement
a means to an end; not necessarily a principled or ethical one
desperate measure
desperate actions taken as a means to an end
open sesame
any very successful means of achieving a result
a means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness
a means of enforcement
a means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated
a means of flight or ascent
royal road
an auspicious way or means to achieve something
make-do, makeshift, stopgap
something contrived to meet an urgent need or emergency
anything that serves as an expedient
improvisation, temporary expedient
an unplanned expedient
last resort, pis aller
an expedient adopted only in desperation
Type of:
effectuation, implementation
the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect

n an instrumentality for accomplishing some end

Type of:
instrumentality, instrumentation
an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end

n considerable capital (wealth or income)

“he is a man of means
your personal financial means
the necessary means (especially financial means)
Type of:
wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value

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