Meaning of MODAL in English


— modally , adv.

/mohd"l/ , adj.

1. of or pertaining to mode, manner, or form.

2. Music.

a. pertaining to mode, as distinguished from key.

b. based on a scale other than major or minor.

3. Also, single modal . Transp. pertaining to or suitable for transportation involving only one form of a carrier, as truck, rail, or ship. Cf. bimodal (def. 3), intermodal .

4. Gram. noting or pertaining to mood.

5. Philos. pertaining to a mode of a thing, as distinguished from one of its basic attributes or from its substance or matter.

6. Logic. exhibiting or expressing some phase of modality.


7. See modal auxiliary .

[ 1560-70; modalis. See MODE 1 , -AL 1 ]

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