Definition of modal
2 : containing provisions as to the mode of procedure or the manner of taking effect —used of a contract or legacy
3 : of or relating to a musical mode (see 1mode 1)
4 : of or relating to structure as opposed to substance
5 : of, relating to, or constituting a grammatical form or category characteristically indicating predication (see predication 2) of an action or state in some manner other than as a simple fact a modal verb
6 : of or relating to a statistical mode (see 1mode 7)
modallyplay \-dəl-ē\ adverb
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Multi-modal interactions are realized through the combination of the above usages.
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Origin and Etymology of modal
Medieval Latin modalis, from Latin modus
First Known Use: 1569
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