- Mode is a way of doing something or acting.
An example of mode is riding a bike to work, a mode of transportation.
mode definition by Webster's New World
- a manner or way of acting, doing, or being; method or form
Origin: Fr < L moduscustomary 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: Middle English moede ; from Classical Latin modus, measure, manner, mode ; from Indo-European base an unverified form med-, to measure: see medical
mode definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A manner, way, or method of doing or acting: modern modes of travel. See Synonyms at method.b. A particular form, variety, or manner: a mode of expression.c. A given condition of functioning; a status: The spacecraft was in its recovery mode.
- The current or customary fashion or style. See Synonyms at fashion.
- 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 a sample of igneous rock.
- Physics Any of numerous patterns of wave motion or vibration.
- Grammar Mood.
Origin: Middle English, tune, from Latin modus, manner, tune. Sense 2, French, from Old French, fashion, manner, from Latin modus; see med- in Indo-European roots.
mode - Business Definition
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 - Cultural Definition
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.Webster's New World Finance and Investment Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
mode - Medical Definition
- The value or item occurring most frequently in a series of observations or statistical data.
- The number or range of numbers in a mathematical set that occurs the most frequently.
mode - Science Definition