from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a mode.
- adj. Grammar Of, relating to, or expressing the mood of a verb.
- adj. Music Of, relating to, characteristic of, or composed in any of the modes typical of medieval church music.
- adj. Philosophy Of or relating to mode without referring to substance.
- adj. Logic Expressing or characterized by modality.
- adj. Statistics Of or relating to a statistical mode or modes.
- n. See modal auxiliary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. of, or relating to a mode or modus
- adj. of, relating to, or describing the mood of a clause
- adj. of, relating to, or composed in the musical modi by which an octave is divided, associated with emotional moods in Ancient - and in medieval ecclesiastical music
- adj. of, or relating to the modality between propositions
- adj. relating to the statistical mode.
- adj. Having separate modes in which user input has different effects.
- adj. requiring immediate user interaction (often used as modal dialog or modal window)
- adj. Relating to the form of a thing rather to any of its attributes
- n. A modal proposition
- n. A modal form, notably a modal auxiliary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a mode or mood; consisting in mode or form only; relating to form; having the form without the essence or reality.
- adj. Indicating, or pertaining to, some mode of conceiving existence, or of expressing thought, such as the modes of possibility or obligation.
- adj. Pertaining to or denoting mood.
- n. A modal auxiliary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or affected by a mode; relating to the mode or manner, and not to the substance.
- Of or pertaining to a grammatical mode.
- n. A modal proposition.
- Of or pertaining to or having the numerical value of a statistical mode.
- In petrography, in the quantitative system of classification of igneous rocks (see rock), relating to the mode.
- Of or pertaining to the mode of a curve. See mode, 11.
- In mathematics, most frequently occurring.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution
- adj. relating to or expressing the mood of a verb
- adj. of or relating to a musical mode; especially written in an ecclesiastical mode
- n. an auxiliary verb (such as `can' or `will') that is used to express modality
Medieval Latin modālis, from Latin modus, measure; see med- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin modalis ("pertaining to a mode"), from Latin modus ("mode"); see mode. Compare to French, Spanish and Portuguese modal and Italian modale. (Wiktionary)