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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A word, phrase, or clause that limits or qualifies the sense of another word or word group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who, or that which, modifies.
  • n. A word, phrase, or clause that limits or qualifies the sense of another word or phrase.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, modifies.
  • n. A word or phrase that modifies another word, phrase, or sentence, usually by limiting the scope or restricting the meaning of the sentence element modified.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which modifies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
  • n. a gene that modifies the effect produced by another gene
  • n. a moderator who makes less extreme or uncompromising
  • n. a person who changes something

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