- modeW3 [məud US moud] n[Date: 1300-1400; : Latin; Origin: modus 'measure, way']1.) formal a particular way or style of behaving, living or doing somethingmode of▪ the most efficient mode of transport▪ They have a relaxed mode of life that suits them well.▪ Western modes of thought2.) technical 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'.3.) be in work mode/holiday mode etc informalto 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.4.) be the modeformal to be fashionable at a particular time▪ Long skirts were then the mode.5.) technical one of various systems of arranging notes in music, such as ↑major and ↑minor in Western music
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.