What does modal mean?

Definitions for modal
ˈmoʊd lmodal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. modal auxiliary verb, modal auxiliary, modal verb, modaladjective

    an auxiliary verb (such as `can' or `will') that is used to express modality

  2. modal(a), averageadjective

    relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution

    "the modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30"

  3. modaladjective

    of or relating to a musical mode; especially written in an ecclesiastical mode

  4. modaladjective

    relating to or expressing the mood of a verb

    "modal auxiliary"


  1. Modaladjective

    (Gram.) Pertaining to or denoting mood.

  2. Modaladjective

    (Logic & Metaph.) Indicating, or pertaining to, some mode of conceiving existence, or of expressing thought, such as the modes of possibility or obligation.

  3. Modalnoun

    A modal auxiliary.


  1. modalnoun

    A modal proposition

  2. modalnoun

    A modal form, notably a modal auxiliary.

  3. modaladjective

    of, or relating to a mode or modus

  4. modaladjective

    of, relating to, or describing the mood of a clause

  5. modaladjective

    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

  6. modaladjective

    of, or relating to the modality between propositions

  7. modaladjective

    relating to the statistical mode.

  8. modaladjective

    Having separate modes in which user input has different effects.

  9. modaladjective

    requiring immediate user interaction (often used as modal dialog or modal window)

  10. Etymology: From modalis, from modus; see mode. Compare to French, Spanish and Portuguese modal and Italian modale.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Modaladjective

    Relating to the form or mode, not the essence.

    Etymology: modale, Fr. modalis, Latin.

    When we speak of faculties of the soul, we assert not with the schools their real distinction from it, but only a modal diversity. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.


  1. modal

    Modal refers to the concept or system of modes. In a broad sense, it can relate to a particular method, form, or type of operation, behavior, or existence. The definition of "modal" can vary depending on the context. For instance, in linguistics, it refers to mood or manner of expressing, in logic, it's about necessity or possibility, in music, it refers to types of scales, and in transportation, it pertains to the mode or method of transport.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Modaladjective

    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

  2. Modaladjective

    indicating, or pertaining to, some mode of conceiving existence, or of expressing thought

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. modal. See Mode.]


  1. Modal

    Modal is a type of rayon, a semi-synthetic cellulose fiber made by spinning reconstituted cellulose, in this case often from beech trees. Modal is used alone or with other fibers in household items such as towels, bathrobes, underwear and bedsheets. Manufacturers claim a number of advantages for the fiber: about 50% more hygroscopic per unit volume than cotton, takes dye like cotton, color-fast when washed in warm water, resistant to shrinkage and fading but prone to stretching and pilling. It is also claimed that mineral deposits from hard water do not stick to the fabric surface. It is smooth and soft, more so than mercerized cotton, though some perceive it to have a synthetic texture. Modal fabrics should be washed at lower temperatures and like cotton, are often ironed after washing.

Anagrams for modal »

  1. MOALD

  2. dolma

  3. domal

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of modal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of modal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of modal in a Sentence

  1. Hendrith Smith:

    The new transportation system is multi-modal, autonomous and electric. People utilize a variety of vehicles including cars, bicycles, passenger drones, hoverboards, airplanes, boats, rockets and more. And with ease, efficiency and comfort. At Mayflower-Plymouth, we’re making that real.

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