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N-COUNT 方法;手段;工具(means 用于此意时单复数同形) A means of doing something is a method, instrument, or process which can be used to do it. Means is both the singular and the plural form for this use.
The move is a means to fight crime...
The army had perfected the use of terror as a means of controlling the population...
N-PLURAL 收入;财富;金钱 You can refer to the money that someone has as their means .
...a person of means...
He did not have the means to compensate her.
PHRASE 超出财力；入不敷出/在财力之内；量入为出 If someone is living beyond their means, they are spending more money than they can afford. If someone is living within their means, they are not spending more money than they can afford.
The more gifts she received, the more she craved, until he was living beyond his means...
It is far better to pay off old debts steadily by living within your means.
PREP-PHRASE 用;以;通过 If you do something by means of a particular method, instrument, or process, you do it using that method, instrument, or process.
This is a two year course taught by means of lectures and seminars...
The trailer was connected to the car by means of a complicated system of hoses, pipes and rods.
CONVENTION 当然可以;完全可以 You can say 'by all means' to tell someone that you are very willing to allow them to do something.
'Can I come and have a look at your house?' — 'Yes by all means'.
PHRASE 决不;丝毫不;一点儿也不 You use expressions such as 'by no means', 'not by any means', and 'by no manner of means' to emphasize that something is not true.
This is by no means out of the ordinary...
They were not finished, however, not by any means.
PHRASE 达到目的的手段 If you say that something is a means to an end, you mean that it helps you to achieve what you want, although it may not be enjoyable or important itself.
We seem to have lost sight of the fact that marketing is only a means to an end.