- 1A particular procedure for accomplishing or approaching something, especially a systematic or established one: a method for software maintenance labour-intensive production methodsMore example sentences
- It is a useful means of organizing research methods and approaches to data analysis.
- From there we also looked at who we would approach and what methods we would use to make contact.
- James explained why he though organic methods are being widely practiced in the area.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The quality of being well organized and systematic in thought or action: historical study is the rigorous combination of knowledge and methodMore example sentences
- The thumb and index finger of the right hand stand for wisdom and method combined.
- I feel that this would be safer than the situation now is with no legal method.
- They rarely come close enough for a good photograph unless they are lured in by some method.
- 1.2 (usually Method) short for method acting. Paula was at least hip to the Method [as modifier]: reliance on Method technique
there is method in someone's madness
- There is a sensible foundation for what appears to be foolish or strange behaviour: whatever he was about, there was method in his madness[from Shakespeare's Hamlet ( ii. ii. 211)]More example sentences
- I know I have ranted about this here but I wanted to highlight that there is method in my madness.
- These aren't just evil thugs, there is method in their madness, despite it seeming repellant to our eyes.
- Maybe he knows how to cow the ox with whippings and threats; maybe there is method in his madness.
late Middle English (in the sense 'prescribed medical treatment for a disease'): via Latin from Greek methodos 'pursuit of knowledge', from meta- (expressing development) + hodos 'way'.