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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Method  \Meth"od\,  n.  [F.  m['e]thode,  L.  methodus,  fr  Gr 
  meqodos  method,  investigation  following  after  meta`  after  + 
  "odo`s  way.] 
  1.  An  orderly  procedure  or  process;  regular  manner  of  doing 
  anything  hence  manner;  way  mode;  as  a  method  of 
  teaching  languages;  a  method  of  improving  the  mind. 
  --Addison. 
 
  2.  Orderly  arrangement,  elucidation,  development,  or 
  classification;  clear  and  lucid  exhibition;  systematic 
  arrangement  peculiar  to  an  individual. 
 
  Though  this  be  madness,  yet  there's  method  in  it 
  --Shak. 
 
  All  method  is  a  rational  progress,  a  progress  toward 
  an  end  --Sir  W. 
  Hamilton. 
 
  3.  (Nat.  Hist.)  Classification;  a  mode  or  system  of 
  classifying  natural  objects  according  to  certain  common 
  characteristics;  as  the  method  of  Theophrastus;  the 
  method  of  Ray;  the  Linn[ae]an  method. 
 
  Syn:  Order  system;  rule  regularity;  way  manner;  mode; 
  course;  process;  means 
 
  Usage:  {Method},  {Mode},  {Manner}.  Method  implies 
  arrangement;  mode,  mere  action  or  existence.  Method  is 
  a  way  of  reaching  a  given  end  by  a  series  of  acts 
  which  tend  to  sec?re  it  mode  relates  to  a  single 
  action  or  to  the  form  which  a  series  of  acts  viewed 
  as  a  whole,  exhibits.  Manner  is  literally  the  handling 
  of  a  thing  and  has  a  wider  sense  embracing  both 
  method  and  mode.  An  instructor  may  adopt  a  good  method 
  of  teaching  to  write;  the  scholar  may  acquire  a  bad 
  mode  of  holding  his  pen;  the  manner  in  which  he  is 
  corrected  will  greatly  affect  his  success  or  failure. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  method 
  n  1:  a  way  of  doing  something  esp.  a  systematic  one  implies  an 
  orderly  logical  arrangement  (usually  in  steps) 
  2:  a  way  of  doing  or  being:  "in  no  wise";  "in  this  wise"  [syn: 
  {wise}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  method 
 
    The  name  given  in  {Smalltalk}  and  other 
  {object-oriented  languages}  to  a  procedure  or  routine 
  associated  with  one  or  more  {classes}.  An  {object}  of  a 
  certain  class  knows  how  to  perform  actions,  e.g.  printing 
  itself  or  creating  a  new  instance  of  itself  rather  than  the 
  function  (e.g.  printing)  knowing  how  to  handle  different  types 
  of  object. 
 
  Different  classes  may  define  methods  with  the  same  name 
  (i.e.  methods  may  be  {polymorphic}).  The  term  method"  is  used 
  both  for  a  named  operation,  e.g.  PRINT"  and  also  for  the  code 
  which  a  specific  class  provides  to  perform  tha 
  t  operation. 
 
  Most  methods  operate  on  objects  that  are  instances  of  a 
  certain  class.  Some  object-oriented  languages  call  these 
  "object  methods"  to  distinguish  then  from  "{class  methods}". 
 
  In  {Smalltalk},  a  method  is  defined  by  giving  its  name 
  documentation,  temporary  local  variables  and  a  sequence  of 
  expressions  separated  by  "."s. 
 
  (2000-03-22) 
 
 




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