What does mode mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manner, mode, style, way, fashion(noun)

    how something is done or how it happens

    "her dignified manner"; "his rapid manner of talking"; "their nomadic mode of existence"; "in the characteristic New York style"; "a lonely way of life"; "in an abrasive fashion"

  2. mode(noun)

    a particular functioning condition or arrangement

    "switched from keyboard to voice mode"

  3. modality, mode(noun)

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

  4. mood, mode, modality(noun)

    verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker

  5. mode, musical mode(noun)

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

  6. mode, modal value(noun)

    the most frequent value of a random variable


  1. Mode(n.)

    (Gram.) the value of the variable in a frequency distribution or probability distribution, at which the probability or frequency has a maximum. The maximum may be local or global. Distributions with only one such maximum are called unimodal; with two maxima, bimodal, and with more than two, multimodal.

  2. Origin: [L. modus a measure, due or proper measure, bound, manner, form; akin to E. mete: cf. F. mode. See Mete, and cf. Commodious, Mood in grammar, Modus.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mode(noun)

    manner of doing or being; method; form; fashion; custom; way; style; as, the mode of speaking; the mode of dressing

  2. Mode(noun)

    prevailing popular custom; fashion, especially in the phrase the mode

  3. Mode(noun)

    variety; gradation; degree

  4. Mode(noun)

    any combination of qualities or relations, considered apart from the substance to which they belong, and treated as entities; more generally, condition, or state of being; manner or form of arrangement or manifestation; form, as opposed to matter

  5. Mode(noun)

    the form in which the proposition connects the predicate and subject, whether by simple, contingent, or necessary assertion; the form of the syllogism, as determined by the quantity and quality of the constituent proposition; mood

  6. Mode(noun)

    same as Mood

  7. Mode(noun)

    the scale as affected by the various positions in it of the minor intervals; as, the Dorian mode, the Ionic mode, etc., of ancient Greek music

  8. Mode(noun)

    a kind of silk. See Alamode, n

  9. Origin: [L. modus a measure, due or proper measure, bound, manner, form; akin to E. mete: cf. F. mode. See Mete, and cf. Commodious, Mood in grammar, Modus.]


  1. Mode

    The mode is the value that appears most often in a set of data. The mode of a discrete probability distribution is the value x at which its probability mass function takes its maximum value. In other words, it is the value that is most likely to be sampled. The mode of a continuous probability distribution is the value x at which its probability density function has its maximum value, so, informally speaking, the mode is at the peak. Like the statistical mean and median, the mode is a way of expressing, in a single number, important information about a random variable or a population. The numerical value of the mode is the same as that of the mean and median in a normal distribution, and it may be very different in highly skewed distributions. The mode is not necessarily unique, since the same maximum frequency may be attained at different values. The most extreme case occurs in uniform distributions, where all values occur equally frequently. As noted above, the mode is not necessarily unique, since the probability mass function or probability density function may take the same maximum value at several points x1, x2, etc. The above definition tells us that only global maxima are modes. Slightly confusingly, when a probability density function has multiple local maxima it is common to refer to all of the local maxima as modes of the distribution. Such a continuous distribution is called multimodal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mode

    mōd, n. manner of acting, doing, or existing: rule: custom: form: that which exists only as a quality of substance: a form of the verb, same as mood: in lace-making, a small decorative piece inserted in a pattern: the openwork between the solid parts of a pattern: a woman's mantle with a hood: (mus.) the method of dividing the octave for melodic purposes according to the position of its steps and half-steps.—adj. Mō′dal, relating to mode or form without reference to substance: consisting of mode only: (logic) indicating some mode of expression.—ns. Mō′dalism, the doctrine first set forth by Sabellius that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are not three distinct personalities, but only three different modes of manifestation; Mō′dalist, one who holds this theory.—adj. Modalist′ic.—n. Modal′ity, mode in its logical sense: (law) the quality of being limited by a condition.—adv. Mō′dally.—Greek modes, consisting each of two tetra-chords and one whole step; Gregorian, Medieval, or Ecclesiastical modes, derived from the above by Ambrose, Gregory the Great, &c., each of the seven natural sounds of the diatonic scale forming the keynote or final of a mode, which embraced that note and the seven above it. To each of these seven modes is attached another, in which the melody, while having the same final or keynote, instead of ascending to the octave above, ranges from the fourth below it to the fifth above. The former are called the authentic modes, the latter plagal; Major mode, a modern mode, consisting of two steps, a half-step, three steps, and a half-step; Minor mode, a modern mode, consisting of a step, a half-step, two steps, a half-step, and two steps. [Fr.,—L. modus.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. mode

    [common] A general state, usually used with an adjective describing the state. Use of the word ‘mode’ rather than ‘state’ implies that the state is extended over time, and probably also that some activity characteristic of that state is being carried out. “No time to hack; I'm in thesis mode.” In its jargon sense, ‘mode’ is most often attributed to people, though it is sometimes applied to programs and inanimate objects. In particular, see hack mode, day mode, night mode, demo mode, fireworks mode, and yoyo mode; also talk mode.One also often hears the verbs enable and disable used in connection with jargon modes. Thus, for example, a sillier way of saying “I'm going to crash” is “I'm going to enable crash mode now”. One might also hear a request to “disable flame mode, please”.In a usage much closer to techspeak, a mode is a special state that certain user interfaces must pass into in order to perform certain functions. For example, in order to insert characters into a document in the Unix editor vi, one must type the “i” key, which invokes the “Insert” command. The effect of this command is to put vi into “insert mode”, in which typing the “i” key has a quite different effect (to wit, it inserts an “i” into the document). One must then hit another special key, “ESC”, in order to leave “insert mode”. Nowadays, modeful interfaces are generally considered losing but survive in quite a few widely used tools built in less enlightened times.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mode' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3499

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mode' in Nouns Frequency: #1121


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mode in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mode in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lee Eilers:

    We are definitely in growth mode.

  2. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.

  3. David Grayson:

    Friendship is neither a formality nor a mode it is rather a life.

  4. David Nutt:

    We know that a number of mental illnesses, such as OCD and depression, are associated with excessive connectivity of the brain, and the default mode network becomes over-connected.

  5. Jacques Martin Barzun:

    Since it is seldom clear whether intellectual activity denotes a superior mode of being or a vital deficiency, opinion swings between considering intellect a privilege and seeing it as a handicap.

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