Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: modus 'measure, way'


mode W3 [countable]
1 formal a particular way or style of behaving, living or doing something
mode of
the most efficient mode of transport
They have a relaxed mode of life that suits them well.
Western modes of thought
2 technicalTD a particular way in which a machine or piece of equipment can operate:
Set the monitor to 256 colour mode.
To get out of the 'auto' mode on the camera, turn the knob to 'M'.

be in work mode/holiday mode etc

informal to have a particular feeling or way of thinking or behaving, because of the situation you are in:
With only minutes to go, we were now in panic mode.

be the mode

formalDC to be fashionable at a particular time:
Long skirts were then the mode.
5 technicalAPM one of various systems of arranging notes in music, such as major and minor in Western music

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