from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of modifying or the condition of being modified.
- n. A result of modifying.
- n. A small alteration, adjustment, or limitation.
- n. Biology Any of the changes in an organism caused by environment or activity and not genetically transmissable to offspring.
- n. Linguistics A change undergone by a word that is borrowed from another language.
- n. Linguistics A phonological change undergone by a word or morpheme when it is used in a construction, as the change of will to 'll in they'll.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the act or result of modifying or the condition of being modified
- n. an alteration or adjustment to something
- n. a change to an organism as a result of its environment that is not transmissable to offspring
- n. a change to a word when it is borrowed by another language
- n. the change undergone by a word when used in a construction (for instance am => 'm in I'm)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of modifying, or the state of being modified; a change
- n. Something which has been modified; a modified form or condition; state as modified.
- n. The alteration of the meaning of a word or phrase by another word or phrase; -- usually a restriction of the scope of the word modified.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Determination by a mode or quality; qualification.
- n. The act or process of modifying or altering in character, form, or function; the act or process of producing variation.
- n. Alteration or change: often specifically in the sense of abatement or reduction.
- n. The result of variation or alteration; that which marks or shows variation of character, form, or function; mode, form, or condition reached through process of change, or through being modified.
- n. In Scots law, the determining of the amount of the stipend of the minister of a parish. This is fixed by a decision of the Court of Teinds, called a decree of modification.
- n. In music, same as temperament.
- n. Synonyms Change, alteration, variation, qualification.
- n. In biology, a change which is brought about in a living being by its own activity and is not transmitted to descendants, as contrasted with a variation regarded as a congenital change which is not the effect of the activity of the organism and is transmitted to descendants; an acquired character.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. slightly modified copy; not an exact copy
- n. the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase
- n. the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
- n. an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
One and All apologies to Jimmy Cliff for the title modification
This modification is at the discretion of the author/editor of the post and may not happen immediately.
Though I would rather use the term encourage as behaviour modification is all too evocative of Big Brother B-ruin's nasty congtrol freakery.
A well-known example of such a modification is the exchange of amino acid 12 from glycine to valine in the ras gene product which has been observed in human tumor material.
Although this new labeling is inconsistent with the current monograph, FDA will not object, under the circumstances presented here, to the new label modification stating "do not use in children under 4," which reflects a more restrictive use of the drugs in children.
The most common reason cited for denying a permanent modification is incomplete borrower documents.
There are several differant variations to the sling and a little modification is what really makes it "yours".
The modification is built by chaining together several components, all of them relatively inexpensive.
He clearly argues that modification is possible but also argues that it occurs within limits.
Not all historical details are known, but the pattern of descent with modification is very well established.
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