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METHOD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does method mean? 

METHOD (noun)
  The noun METHOD has 2 senses:

1. a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps)
2. 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

  Familiarity information: METHOD used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


METHOD (noun)


Sense 1method [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("method" is a kind of...):

know-how (the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "method"):

pedagogics; pedagogy; teaching method (the principles and methods of instruction)

statistical method; statistical procedure (a method of analyzing or representing statistical data; a procedure for calculating a statistic)

technicolor (a trademarked method of making color motion pictures)

technique (a practical method or art applied to some particular task)

system; system of rules (a complex of methods or rules governing behavior)

solution (a method for solving a problem)

mnemonics (a method or system for improving the memory)

methodology (the system of methods followed in a particular discipline)

method of choice (the best method to achieve a desired result)

wrinkle (a clever method of doing something (especially something new and different))


Sense 2method [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

method acting; method

Hypernyms ("method" is a kind of...):

acting; performing; playacting; playing (the performance of a part or role in a drama)


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