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 for Method
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. Orderly arrangement, elucidation, development, or
        classification; clear and lucid exhibition; systematic
        arrangement peculiar to an individual.
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              Though this be madness, yet there's method in it.
                                                    --Shak.
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              All method is a rational progress, a progress toward
              an end.                               --Sir W.
                                                    Hamilton.
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     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 Linnaean method.
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     4. A technique used in acting in which the actor tries to
        identify with the individual personality of the specific
        character being portrayed, so as to provide a realistic
        rendering of the character's role. Also called the
        Method, method acting, the Stanislavsky Method or
        Stanislavsky System.
        [PJC]
  
     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 secure 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.
            [1913 Webster] Methodic

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  method
      n 1: a way of doing something, especially a systematic way;
           implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps)
      2: an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the
         actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life
         and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed
         [syn: method acting, method]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  173 Moby Thesaurus words for "method":
     MO, ability, action, actions, activity, acts, address, affectation,
     air, algorithm, anality, apple-pie order, approach, arrangement,
     art, avenue, behavior, behavior pattern, behavioral norm,
     behavioral science, blueprint, blueprinting, calculation, capacity,
     capital, carriage, charting, comportment, conception, conduct,
     contrivance, course, craft, culture pattern, custom, demeanor,
     deportment, design, device, devices, discipline,
     disposable resources, disposition, doing, doings, enterprise,
     envisagement, fashion, figuring, fine fettle, folkway, foresight,
     forethought, form, funds, game, gestures, goings-on,
     good condition, good shape, good trim, graphing, ground plan,
     guidelines, guise, idea, intention, layout, line, line of action,
     lines, lineup, long-range plan, maintien, manner,
     manner of working, manners, mapping, master plan, means, mechanics,
     mechanism, methodicalness, methodology, methods, mien, mode,
     mode of operation, mode of procedure, modus, modus operandi,
     modus vivendi, motions, movements, moves, neatness,
     observable behavior, operations research, order, orderliness,
     organization, pattern, plan, planning, planning function, poise,
     port, pose, posture, power, practice, praxis, prearrangement,
     presence, procedure, proceeding, process, program,
     program of action, rationalization, recourses, regularity, resorts,
     resources, road, route, routine, schedule, schema, schematism,
     schematization, scheme, scheme of arrangement, science, setup,
     skill, social science, stock, strategic plan, strategy, structure,
     style, supply, system, systematicness, systematization, tack,
     tactical plan, tactics, technic, technical know-how,
     technical knowledge, technical skill, technics, technique,
     technology, the big picture, the drill, the how, the picture,
     the way of, tidiness, tone, trimness, way, way of life, ways,
     ways and means, wherewith, wherewithal, wise, working plan,
     wrinkle
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  method
  
      In object-oriented programming, a function that
     can be called on an object of a given class.  When a method is
     called (or invoked (method invocation)) on an object, the object
     is passed as an implicit argument to the method, usually
     referred to by the special variable "this".  If the method is not
     defined in the object's class, it is looked for in that class's
     superclass, and so on up the class hierarchy until it is
     subclass+thus+inherits+{inheritance">found.  A subclass thus inherits {inheritance all the methods
     of its superclasses.
  
     Different classes may define methods with the same name
     (i.e. methods may be polymorphic).
  
     Methods are sometimes called "object methods" or "instance
     methods".  "{Class methods" are methods that operate on objects
     of class "class".  "Static methods" are not methods but normal
     functions packaged with the class.
  
     (2000-03-22)
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  METHOD. The mode of operating or the means of attaining an object. 
       2. It has been questioned whether the method of making a thing can be 
  patented. But it has been considered that a method or mode may be the 
  subject of a patent, because, when the object of two patents or effects to 
  be produced is essentially the same, they may both be valid, if the modes of 
  attaining the desired effect are essentially different. Dav. Pat. Cas. 290; 
  2 B. & Ald. 350; 2 H. Bl. 492; 8 T. R. 106; 4 Burr. 2397; Gods. on Pat. 85; 
  Perpigna, Manuel des Inventeurs, &c., c. 1, sect. 5, Sec. 1, p. 22. 
  
  

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