modus operandi

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n modus operandi an unvarying or habitual method or procedure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Britain, the law was changed in 1789 to make the method of execution hanging. Prior to that, burning was the modus operandi. The last female to be executed by burning in England was Christian Bowman. Her crime was making counterfeit coins.
    • Modus operandi manner of operating. Often abbreviated to MO
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

We have some idea of their history, their motives, their general modus operandi.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
Today, there was no jury present, but his modus operandi didn't change.
"Wild Justice" by Ruth M. Sprague
I saw a large number of persons being inoculated, and also the whole modus operandi, which was very interesting.
"Edison, His Life and Inventions" by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
The cosmical modus operandi was not creative nor evolutionary, but sexual.
"The Soul of the Far East" by Percival Lowell
An accountant is now at work on the treasurer's books, and a few days should make clear the whole modus operandi.
"The Financier" by Theodore Dreiser
But he had also done a great thing for exploration in changing the modus operandi.
"Explorations in Australia" by John Forrest
I suppose you see what your modus operandi is to be?
"The Mystery of 31 New Inn" by R. Austin Freeman
Her modus, operandi, in some phenomena, is difficult to conjecture.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
Now, although that modus operandi sounds vulgar and ungrateful it is, biologically speaking, quite as it should be.
"The Living Present" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
An illustration representing the modus operandi of his performance is reproduced and explained in Fig.
"The Mide'wiwin or "Grand Medicine Society" of the Ojibwa" by Walter James Hoffman
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In news:

On the other hand, Pamela Falk walked into the "daddy club" using the only modus operandi she thought she needed, rules.
In the first episode of the Sci Fi Channel's "The Dresden Files," Chicago-based Harry Dresden helps police track – and understand – some really icky, supernatural baddies, whose modus operandi is stripping the skin from their victims.
There's a modus operandi for that.
Chewing off your own leg to escape from AOL was never actually required, but for many years the process seemed nearly as painful AOL's traditional modus operandi kept subscribers shackled to the service even if they hated it.
'Arena' rock is legendary producer Todd Rundgren's new modus operandi.
Dinkins's Illness Offers Peek at Modus Operandi Of Medical Detectives.
It has long been the modus operandi of provocateurs to attack someone by degrading him or her and denigrating his/her accomplishments.
Which seems to be his modus operandi.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Frankie Latina, the Milwaukee based director of "Modus Operandi," will direct the rape-revenge film "Skinny Dip.
Shared cabs are the modus operandi of personal transport -- every day, a hundred faces of all ages and social backgrounds pass through the doors of a single car.
It occurred to your Well-Fed Reporter recently that many of you are not familiar with his modus operandi.
So when Elodie wasn't staying in her bed at night, we had to instigate a new bedtime modus operandi.
Because if this is the new modus operandi, why stop at perks for frequent flyers.
Under the FDIC 's modus operandi, the agency keeps a close watch on a firm's balance sheet, reserves and liquidity.
To persevere has always been my modus operandi.
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In science:

The modus operandi for the proof involves using non-rigorous, intuitive ideas for finding a candidate for the rate function and then checking if it is, in fact, the correct rate function.
Space-Time Current Process for Independent Random Walks in One Dimension
In the Statistical Complexity Measure originally proposed by L´opez Ruiz et al. and later modified by Lamberti et al. was used to quantify the effectiveness of such randomizing modus operandi when applied to a Lorenzian chaotic system.
Quantifiers for randomness of chaotic pseudo random number generators
The idea of concocting an “information” plane, called the entropy-complexity plane, was advanced in order to use it as a means to ascertain the effectiveness of each of these two modus operandis.
Quantifiers for randomness of chaotic pseudo random number generators
In the former modus operandi, angular momentum, J , and mass of a system are conserved.
Galactic Bars in Cosmological Context
The presence of the tachocline, a thin shear layer located at the interface between the radiative and convective regions of the Sun, was established two decades ago (ChristensenDalsgaard & Schou, 1988; Kosovichev, 1988; Brown et al. 1989; Dziembowski et al. 1989) but its modus operandi still remains mysterious.
Dynamics of the solar tachocline II: the stratified case
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