mod·​al | \ ˈmō-dᵊl How to pronounce modal (audio) \

Definition of modal

1 : of or relating to modality (see modality sense 2) in logic
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 mode entry 1 sense 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 sense 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 mode entry 1 sense 7)

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Other Words from modal

modally \ ˈmō-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce modal (audio) \ adverb

Examples of modal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But many of the colors that human beings can see emitting them as light, not reflected, not subtractive pigments, but an admissive surface, showed this picture of a dress that became the super unusual thing, which is a bi-modal color illusion. Wired Staff, Wired, 28 May 2021 Scientists have a name for it when a person deficient in one of the five senses sees the others sharpen: cross-modal plasticity. Gordon Jones, New York Times, 11 May 2021 The strategy recognizes that e-scooters alone may not be the strongest business and that multi-modal transport is the way to go. Jonathan Keane, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Local officials have, in recent years, called for converting the current Amtrak station into a multi-modal facility – with connectivity to bus and other public transportation systems. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 15 Apr. 2021 The researchers used these techniques on their large multi-modal A.I. system CLIP (the name stands for Contrastive Language Image Pre-training). Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 9 Mar. 2021 These goals could be advantageous through investments in sustainable multi-modal transport systems for example. Ebele Mogo, Quartz Africa, 25 Feb. 2021 In addition, booking process, ground experience, and multi-modal integrations all matter relatively more in a business with 20-30 minute flights than in commercial aviation. Dean Donovan, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 Wiederwohl helped lead several efforts — Vision Louisville, the city's 25-year long-term plan, Move Louisville multi-modal transportation plan, the city’s first sustainability vision, the Global Louisville Action Plan and the Vision Russell. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, 6 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of modal

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for modal

Medieval Latin modalis, from Latin modus

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6 Jun 2021

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“Modal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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