(n.) The state or setting of a program or device. For example, when a word processor is in insert mode, characters that you type are inserted at the cursor position. In overstrike mode, characters typed replace existing characters.
The term mode implies a choice — that you can change the setting and put the system in a different mode.
Generally, the process of representing a real-world object or phenomenon as a set of mathematical equations. More specifically, the term is often used to describe the process of representing 3-dimensional objects in a computer. All 3-D applications, including CAD/CAM and animation software, perform modeling.
(mō´dem) (n.) Short for modulator-demodulator. A modem is a device or program that enables a computer to transmit data over, for example, telephone or cable lines. Computer information is stored digitally, whereas information transmitted over telephone lines is transmitted in the form of analog waves. A modem converts between these two forms. Standard Modem Interface […]
- moderated newsgroup
A newsgroup monitored by an individual or group (the moderator) who has the authority to block messages deemed inappropriate. Moderated newsgroups have fewer flames and less spam than unmoderated forums.
In online discussion forums and blogs with comments enabled, the site or forum authors monitor and often censor inappropriate comments and posts that are left for public display. The moderation authority is called a moderator. See “All About Online Forums” in the Did You Know…? section of
In online forums and other online discussion spaces the moderator has the authority to block messages deemed inappropriate or break the rules of that discussion space. Moderators generally try to keep users on topic and keep the discussion thread or chat room free of personal insults and derogatory comments.