An object-oriented language.

["The Programming Language Mode: Language Definition and User Guide", J. Vihavainen, C-1987-50, U Helsinki, 1987].

(01 Mar 1994)

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1. A general state, usually used with an adjective describing the state. Use of the word "mode" rather than "state" implies that the state is extended over time, and probably also that some activity characteristic of that state is being carried out. "No time to hack; I'm in thesis mode."

In its jargon sense, "mode" is most often attributed to people, though it is sometimes applied to programs and inanimate objects. In particular, see hack mode, day mode, night mode, demo mode, fireworks mode, and yoyo mode; also chat.

2. More technically, a mode is a special state that certain user interfaces must pass into in order to perform certain functions. For example, in order to insert characters into a document in the Unix editor "vi", one must type the "i" key, which invokes the "Insert" command. The effect of this command is to put vi into "insert mode", in which typing the "i" key has a quite different effect (to wit, it inserts an "i" into the document). One must then hit another special key, "ESC", in order to leave "insert mode". Nowadays, modeful interfaces are generally considered losing but survive in quite a few widely used tools built in less enlightened times.

(01 Mar 1994)

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1. Manner of doing or being; method; form; fashion; custom; way; style; as, the mode of speaking; the mode of dressing. "The duty of itself being resolved on, the mode of doing it may easily be found." (Jer. Taylor) "A table richly spread in regal mode." (Milton)

2. Prevailing popular custom; fashion, especially in the phrase the mode. "The easy, apathetic graces of a man of the mode." (Macaulay)

3. Variety; gradation; degree.

4. <psychology> Any combination of qualities or relations, considered apart from the substance to which they belong, and treated as entities; more generally, condition, or state of being; manner or form of arrangement or manifestation; form, as opposed to matter. "Modes I call such complex ideas, which, however compounded, contain not in them the supposition of subsisting by themselves, but are considered as dependencies on, or affections of, substances." (Locke)

5. <logic> The form in which the proposition connects the predicate and subject, whether by simple, contingent, or necessary assertion; the form of the syllogism, as determined by the quantity and quality of the constituent proposition; mood.

6. Same as Mood.

7. The scale as affected by the various positions in it of the minor intervals; as, the Dorian mode, the Ionic mode, etc, of ancient Greek music.

In modern music, only the major and the minor mode, of whatever key, are recognised.

8. A kind of silk. See Alamode.

Synonyms: Method, manner. See Method.

Origin: L. Modus a measure, due or proper measure, bound, manner, form; akin to E. Mete: cf. F. Mode. See Mete, and cf. Commodious, Mood in grammar, Modus.

(01 Mar 1998)

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