From Wiktionary
mode is on the Academic Word List.





  1. (countable) A mode is a specific way of doing something.
    The study combines two different research modes: oral history and written history.
    The machine is in warm-up mode right now.
    A modern city offers many different modes of transport from bicycle lanes to high speed trains.
    Modern medicine must be seen as part of the capitalist mode of production.
    There is a difference in English between casual and formal modes of speech.
  2. (countable) A mode is a fashion or style.
    She was always dressed in the latest mode.
  3. (countable) A mode is a specific type or form of something.
    Heat is a mode of energy transfer, like work, not a substance or other seawater property.
  4. (countable); (music) A mode is specific a kind scale.
    The Mixolydian mode is a good way for inducing a bluesey kind of mood.
  5. (countable); (statistics) The mode is the number that occurs most often in a group of numbers.
    In a normal distribution, with large sets, the mean, median and mode will typically be the same value.
  6. (countable); (grammar) A mode is specific a kind of clause that shows how the speaker feels about it. Modes show whether something is true, probably true, a wish, etc. Usually called mood.
    In Finnish, for example, the conditional mode is used both in the main clause and the subordinate.
  7. (countable); (geology) The mode of a rock is the different minerals in it.
  8. (countable); (physics) A mode is a specific pattern of wave movement.
    Under normal circumstances, there is no coupling between the two modes, which have different propagation constants.


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