mode

You can describe the specific style of doing something as your mode. If you're in vacation mode, for example, it might mean you say everything in a super-relaxed voice and spend all of your classes daydreaming.

From the Latin modus or "manner," it has been popular since the 1400s. Since the 1600s, people have been using it as another word for "fashionable." The French term "a la mode" literally means "in the fashion," or "fashionable," but is more commonly used to describe as specific way of serving dessert (ice cream on the side).

Primary Meanings of mode

1.
n
how something is done or how it happens
2.
n
verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker
3.
n
any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes within an octave
4.
n
a classification of propositions on the basis of whether they claim necessity or possibility or impossibility
5.
n
the most frequent value of a random variable
Full Definitions of mode
1

n how something is done or how it happens

“their nomadic mode of existence”
Synonyms:
fashion, manner, modality, style, way
Types:
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artistic style, idiom
the style of a particular artist or school or movement
drape
the manner in which fabric hangs or falls
fit
the manner in which something fits
form
a particular mode in which something is manifested
life style, life-style, lifestyle, modus vivendi
a manner of living that reflects the person's values and attitudes
setup
the way something is organized or arranged
signature, touch
a distinguishing style
wise
a way of doing or being
response
the manner in which an electrical or mechanical device responds to an input signal or a range of input signals
baroque, baroqueness
elaborate and extensive ornamentation in decorative art and architecture that flourished in Europe in the 17th century
classical style
the artistic style of ancient Greek art with its emphasis on proportion and harmony
order
(architecture) one of original three styles of Greek architecture distinguished by the type of column and entablature used or a style developed from the original three by the Romans
rococo
fanciful but graceful asymmetric ornamentation in art and architecture that originated in France in the 18th century
High Renaissance
the artistic style of early 16th century painting in Florence and Rome; characterized by technical mastery and heroic composition and humanistic content
treatment
a manner of dealing with something artistically
fast lane
a hectic and pressured lifestyle often characterized by recklessness or dissipation
free living
a lifestyle given to easy indulgence of the appetites
vanity fair
a vain and frivolous lifestyle especially in large cities
common touch
the property of appealing to people in general (usually by appearing to have qualities in common with them)
hang
the way a garment hangs
neoclassicism
revival of a classical style (in art or literature or architecture or music) but from a new perspective or with a new motivation
classicalism, classicism
a movement in literature and art during the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe that favored rationality and restraint and strict forms
Romantic Movement, Romanticism
a movement in literature and art during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that celebrated nature rather than civilization
Type of:
property
a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class

n a particular functioning condition or arrangement

“switched from keyboard to voice mode
Synonyms:
modality
Type of:
condition, status
a state at a particular time
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n verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker

Synonyms:
modality, mood
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common mood, declarative, declarative mood, fact mood, indicative, indicative mood
a mood (grammatically unmarked) that represents the act or state as an objective fact
subjunctive, subjunctive mood
a mood that represents an act or state (not as a fact but) as contingent or possible
optative, optative mood
a mood (as in Greek or Sanskrit) that expresses a wish or hope; expressed in English by modal verbs
imperative, imperative form, imperative mood, jussive mood
a mood that expresses an intention to influence the listener's behavior
interrogative, interrogative mood
some linguists consider interrogative sentences to constitute a mood
Type of:
grammatical relation
a linguistic relation established by grammar
3

n any of various fixed orders of the various diatonic notes within an octave

Synonyms:
musical mode
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Gregorian mode, church mode, ecclesiastical mode, medieval mode
any of a system of modes used in Gregorian chants up until 1600; derived historically from the Greek mode
Greek mode
any of the descending diatonic scales in the music of classical Greece
major diatonic scale, major scale
a diatonic scale with notes separated by whole tones except for the 3rd and 4th and 7th and 8th
minor diatonic scale, minor scale
a diatonic scale with notes separated by whole tones except for the 2nd and 3rd and 5th and 6th
C major, C major scale, scale of C major
(music) the major scale having no sharps or flats
Type of:
diatonic scale
a scale with eight notes in an octave; all but two are separated by whole tones
4

n a classification of propositions on the basis of whether they claim necessity or possibility or impossibility

Synonyms:
modality
Type of:
logical relation
a relation between propositions
5

n the most frequent value of a random variable

Synonyms:
modal value
Type of:
average, norm
a statistic describing the location of a distribution

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