C O N S I D E R:
Any of 3 categories - Modes of Actuality, Possibility, Existence [Philos/Kant]
Modality [classification of propositions]
Mood [momentary disposition within relationship]
Arrangement of tones in music; scale
Category to indicate attitude of speaker in relationship to what s/he is saying - usually inflected
Value of the variate within frequency distribution
Composition of mineral expressed in percentages by weight
C O N S I D E R A T I O N S
Mode as it relates to Approaches to work, Stages of work, Motivation, Intentions, Inquiry, Sustainment, Enrichment . . . . Mode in terms of Disposition, Manner, Mood, Appearance, Method, Way, Form, Modality, Scale, etc. . . . Mode as it is applied to elements of Time or Pace, Tone, Color or Quality, Pattern, Schedule, Sequence, Concentration, Vulnerability, etc. . . . Mode as it relates to Discipline or Style--more or less formal modes of approach . . . . Mode related to definitions of spatial and temperal relationships/as it is for this reason applied to elements and principles of relationships which more or less define limited and/or broad areas and shapes of a composition--through value, size, contrasts, movement, density or weight of elements and their mobility and direction, etc.
R E F E R E N C E S
Mode n. 1. manner of acting or doing; method; way. 2. the natural disposition or the manner of existence or action of anything; form. 3. Philos. a. appearance, form or disposition taken by a thing or by one of its essential properties or attributes. b. [in the philosophy of Kant] any of the three categories, actuality, possibility, or existence. 4. Logic. a. modality [the classification of propositions according to whether they are contingently true or false, possible, impossible, or necessary.]. b. mood [a person's disposition in dealing with others at a particular moment]. 5. Music. any of various arrangements of the diatonic tones of an octave, differing from one another in the order of the whole steps and half steps; scale. 6. Gram. mood [a set of categories for a verb, used chiefly to indicate the attitude of a speaker toward what he is saying, as certainty or uncertainty, wish or command, emphasis or hesitancy, and usually inflected or involving the use of auxiliary words, as can, may, might: the Latin indicative mood.]. 7. Statistics. the value of the variate at which a relative or absolute maximum occurs in the frequency distribution of the variate. 8. Petrog. the actual mineral composition of a rock, expressed in percentages by weight. [ME < L mod(us) manner]
-Syn. 1. see method.
2 Mode n. 1. customary or conventional usage in manners, dress, etc., esp. as observed by persons of fashion. 2. a style or fashion. [ < F < L mod(us) manner]
Modality 1. the quality or state of being modal. 2. a modal attribute or circumstance. 3. Also called mode. Logic. the classification of propositions according to whether they are contingently true or false, possible, impossible, or necessary. 4. Med. the application of a therapeutic agent, usually a physical therapeutic agent. 5. one of the primary forms of sensation, as vision or touch. [< ML modalitas]
Modal 1. of or pertaining to mode, manner, or form. 2. Music. a. pertaining to mode, as distinguished from key. b. based on a scale other than major or minor. 3. Gram. noting or pertaining to mood. 4. Philos. pertaining to a mode of a thing, as distinguishd from one of its basic attributes or from its substance or matter. 5. Logic. exhibiting or expressing some phase of modality. [< ML modul(is)]
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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