/ məʊd; NAmE moʊd/ noun
[ C ] a particular way of doing sth; a particular type of sth :
a mode of communication
a mode of behaviour
environment-friendly modes of transport
[ C , U ] the way in which a piece of equipment is set to perform a particular task :
Switch the camera into the automatic mode.
[ U ] a particular way of feeling or behaving :
to be in holiday mode
[ C , usually sing. ] a particular style or fashion in clothes, art, etc. :
a pop video made by a director who really understands the mode
—see also à la mode , modish
[ sing. ] ( technical ) a set of notes in music which form a scale :
major / minor mode
[ sing. ] ( mathematics ) the value that appears most frequently in a series of numbers
late Middle English (in the musical and grammatical senses): from Latin modus measure, from an Indo-European root shared by mete ; compare with mood in its grammatical sense.