- Mode is a way of doing something or acting.
An example of mode is riding a bike to work, a mode of transportation.
- a manner or way of acting, doing, or being; method or form
Origin of modeFr < L modus customary usage, or current fashion or style, as in manners or dress
- Geol. the actual mineral composition of an unaltered igneous rock
- Gram. mood (sense )
- modality or the form of a proposition with reference to its modality
- mood (sense )
- Metaphysics the form, or way of being, of something, as distinct from its substance
- the selection and arrangement of tones and semitones in a scale, esp. any of such arrangements in medieval church music
- a rhythmical system of the 13th cent.
- either of the two forms of scale arrangement in later music ( major mode and minor mode)
- Statistics the value, number, etc. that occurs most frequently in a given series
Origin of modeMiddle English moede ; from Classical Latin modus, measure, manner, mode ; from Indo-European base an unverified form med-, to measure: see medical
- a. A manner, way, or method of doing something, experiencing something, or acting: modern modes of travel; modes of consciousness; modes of affection. See Synonyms at method.b. A particular form or kind: The building has multiple modes of egress.c. A given condition of functioning; a status or operation: The spacecraft was in its recovery mode.
- The current or customary fashion or style: a hat in the latest mode.
- Music a. Any of certain fixed arrangements of the diatonic tones of an octave, as the major and minor scales of Western music.b. A patterned arrangement, as the one characteristic of the music of classical Greece or the medieval Christian Church.
- Philosophy The particular appearance, form, or manner in which an underlying substance, or a permanent aspect or attribute of it, is manifested.
- Logic a. See modality.b. The arrangement or order of the propositions in a syllogism according to both quality and quantity.
- Statistics The value or item occurring most frequently in a series of observations or statistical data.
- Mathematics The number or range of numbers in a set that occurs the most frequently.
- Geology The mineral composition of an igneous rock expressed in terms of percentage of the total sample weight or volume.
- Physics Any of numerous patterns of wave motion or vibration.
- Grammar Mood.
Origin of modeMiddle English, tune, from Latin modus, manner, tune. Sense 2, French, from Old French, fashion, manner, from Latin modus; see med- in Indo-European roots.
- (music) One of several ancient scales, one of which corresponds to the modern major scale and one to the natural minor scale
- A particular means of accomplishing something.
- What was the mode of entry?
- (statistics) The most frequently occurring value in a distribution
- (mathematics, physics) A state of a system that is represented by an eigenfunction of that system.
- (computing) One of various related sets of rules for processing data.
- In insert mode, characters typed are directly inserted into the buffer
- Style or fashion.
From French mode.
mode - Computer Definition
The physical path a signal or signal component follows as it propagates through a waveguide. Some signal components travel directly through the center of the waveguide, at least theoretically, and, therefore, travel the shortest possible distance between the point at which they enter the waveguide and the point at which they exit the waveguide. Other modes take more transverse paths, striking and reflecting back and forth off of the interface between the core and cladding as they propagate through an optical fiber, for example. Low-order modes take modestly transverse paths, while high-order modes take considerably more transverse paths. Some modes at the transmitter can be so transverse as to strike the corecladding interface at less than the critical angle and, therefore, penetrate the interface and be permanently lost in the cladding. Figure M-4 illustrates the differences between these paths. See also cladding, core, critical angle, and waveguide.
(1) An operational state that a system has been switched to. It implies at least two possible conditions. There are countless modes for hardware and software. With regard to modes on a hard drive (Mode 2, Mode 3, etc.), see IDE. See Real Mode, Protected Mode, burst mode, insert mode, supervisor state and program state.
(2) In fiber optics, the reflective path taken by light in a fiber. Each mode has its own pattern of electromagnetic fields as it propagates through the fiber. From a cross section of the fiber, these modes can be viewed as multiple headlights beaming at you. In multimode fiber, multiple modes are generated, causing pulse dispersion at the receiving end. See multimode fiber, dispersion and fiber optics glossary.
mode - Investment & Finance Definition
The number in a series of numbers that occurs most frequently. If each observation occurs an equal number of times, there is no mode. If two or more observations occur the same number of times, then there is more than one mode, in which case the sample is called multimodal. For example, the mode of 2, 1, 5, and 1 is 1.