Meaning of METHOD in English
n. 1 a special form of procedure esp. in any branch of mental activity. 2 orderliness; regular habits. 3 the orderly arrangement of ideas. 4 a scheme of classification. 5 Theatr. a technique of acting based on the actor's thorough emotional identification with the character. method in one's madness sense in what appears to be foolish or strange behaviour.
[ F méthode or L methodus f. Gk methodos pursuit of knowledge (as META-, hodos way) ]
Concise Oxford English dictionary. Краткий оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2012