Method and Procedure

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Procedure and method are very similar. However a method can sometimes be thought of as a smaller part of a procedure.

Method

Methodism (from - methodos, "pursuit of knowledge") is a movement of Protestant Christianity represented by a number of denominations and organizations, claiming a total of approximately seventy million adherents worldwide.

method n : a way of doing something, especially a systematic way; implies an orderly logical arrangement (usually in steps)

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Method \Meth"od\, n. [F. m['e]thode, L. methodus, fr. Gr. meqodos method, investigation following after; meta` after + "odo`s way.] 1. An orderly procedure or process; regular manner of doing anything; hence, manner; way; mode; as, a method of teaching languages; a method of improving the mind. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. Orderly arrangement, elucidation, development, or classification; clear and lucid exhibition; systematic arrangement peculiar to an individual. [1913 Webster] Though this be madness, yet there's method in it. --Shak. [1913 Webster] All method is a rational progress, a progress toward an end. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] 3. (Nat. Hist.) Classification; a mode or system of classifying natural objects according to certain common characteristics; as, the method of Theophrastus; the method of Ray; the Linn[ae]an method. [1913 Webster] 4. A technique used in acting in which the actor tries to identify with the individual personality of the specific character being portrayed, so as to provide a realistic rendering of the character's role. Also called {the Method}, {method acting}, the Stanislavsky Method or {Stanislavsky System}. [PJC] Syn: Order; system; rule; regularity; way; manner; mode; course; process; means. Usage: {Method}, {Mode}, {Manner}. Method implies arrangement; mode, mere action or existence. Method is a way of reaching a given end by a series of acts which tend to secure it; mode relates to a single action, or to the form which a series of acts, viewed as a whole, exhibits. Manner is literally the handling of a thing, and has a wider sense, embracing both method and mode. An instructor may adopt a good method of teaching to write; the scholar may acquire a bad mode of holding his pen; the manner in which he is corrected will greatly affect his success or failure. [1913 Webster]

method The name given in {Smalltalk} and other {object-oriented languages} to a procedure or routine associated with one or more {classes}. An {object} of a certain class knows how to perform actions, e.g. printing itself or creating a new instance of itself, rather than the function (e.g. printing) knowing how to handle different types of object. Different classes may define methods with the same name (i.e. methods may be {polymorphic}). The term "method" is used both for a named operation, e.g. "PRINT" and also for the code which a specific class provides to perform tha t operation. Most methods operate on objects that are instances of a certain class. Some object-oriented languages call these "object methods" to distinguish then from "{class methods}". In {Smalltalk}, a method is defined by giving its name, documentation, temporary local variables and a sequence of expressions separated by "."s. (2000-03-22)

Procedure

Procedure may refer to:

procedure n 1: a particular course of action intended to achieve a result; "the procedure of obtaining a driver's license"; "it was a process of trial and error" [syn: {process}] 2: a process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work; "the operations in building a house"; "certain machine tool operations" [syn: {operation}] 3: a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program [syn: {routine}, {subroutine}, {subprogram}, {function}] 4: a mode of conducting legal and parliamentary proceedings

156 Moby Thesaurus words for "procedure": MO, SOP, act, action, actions, activity, acts, address, affectation, air, algorithm, approach, arrangement, attack, bearing, behavior, behavior pattern, behavioral norm, behavioral science, blueprint, blueprinting, calculation, carriage, charting, common practice, comportment, conception, conduct, contrivance, course, course of action, creed, culture pattern, custom, demeanor, deportment, design, device, disposition, doing, doings, drill, enterprise, envisagement, fashion, figuring, folkway, foresight, forethought, form, game, gestures, goings-on, graphing, ground plan, guidelines, guiding principles, guise, idea, intention, layout, line, line of action, lines, lineup, long-range plan, maintien, maneuver, manner, manner of working, manners, mapping, master plan, matter of course, means, measure, method, methodology, methods, mien, mode, mode of operation, mode of procedure, modus operandi, modus vivendi, motion, motions, move, movements, moves, observable behavior, operation, operations research, order, organization, pattern, plan, plan of action, planning, planning function, platform, poise, policy, polity, port, pose, position paper, posture, practice, praxis, prearrangement, prescribed form, presence, principles, proceeding, process, program, program of action, rationalization, routine, rule, schedule, schema, schematism, schematization, scheme, scheme of arrangement, set form, setup, social science, standard operating procedure, standing orders, step, strategic plan, strategy, style, system, systematization, tack, tactical plan, tactics, technique, the big picture, the drill, the how, the picture, the way of, tone, tradition, way, way of life, ways, ways and means, wise, wont, working plan

Procedure \Pro*ce"dure\, n. [F. proc['e]dure. See {Proceed}.] 1. The act or manner of proceeding or moving forward; progress; process; operation; conduct. ``The true procedure of conscience.'' --South. [1913 Webster] 2. A step taken; an act performed; a proceeding; the steps taken in an action or other legal proceeding. ``Gracious procedures.'' --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 3. That which results; issue; product. [Obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

procedure {subroutine}

Data Sources:

  • method: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • method: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • method: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • method: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • procedure: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • procedure: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • procedure: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • procedure: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)

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