Hypertext Webster Gateway: "manner"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Manner \Man"ner\, n. [OE. manere, F. mani[`e]re, from OF.
manier, adj., manual, skillful, handy, fr. (assumed) LL.
manarius, for L. manuarius belonging to the hand, fr. manus
the hand. See {Manual}.]
1. Mode of action; way of performing or effecting anything;
method; style; form; fashion.

The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in
the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the
God of the land. --2 Kings
xvii. 26.

The temptations of prosperity insinuate themselves
after a gentle, but very powerful,manner.

2. Characteristic mode of acting, conducting, carrying one's
self, or the like; bearing; habitual style. Specifically:
(a) Customary method of acting; habit.

Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them.
--Acts xvii.

Air and manner are more expressive than words.
(b) pl. Carriage; behavior; deportment; also, becoming
behavior; well-bred carriage and address.

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
(c) The style of writing or thought of an author;
characteristic peculiarity of an artist.

3. Certain degree or measure; as, it is in a manner done

The bread is in a manner common. --1 Sam.

4. Sort; kind; style; -- in this application sometimes having
the sense of a plural, sorts or kinds.

Ye tithe mint, and rue, and all manner of herbs.
--Luke xi. 42.

I bid thee say, What manner of man art thou?

Note: In old usage, of was often omitted after manner, when
employed in this sense. ``A manner Latin corrupt was
her speech.'' --Chaucer.

{By any manner of means}, in any way possible; by any sort of

{To be taken} {in, or with} {the manner}. [A corruption of to
be taken in the mainor. See {Mainor}.] To be taken in the
very act. [Obs.] See {Mainor}.

{To make one's manners}, to make a bow or courtesy; to offer

{Manners bit}, a portion left in a dish for the sake of good
manners. --Hallwell.

Syn: Method; mode; custom; habit; fashion; air; look; mien;
aspect; appearance. See {Method}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a manner of performance; "a manner of living"; "in the
characteristic New York style"; "a way of life" [syn: {mode},
{style}, {way}, {fashion}]
2: a way of acting or behaving [syn: {personal manner}]
3: a kind; "what manner of man are you?"

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