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NOUN (1)

1. an auxiliary verb (such as `can' or `will') that is used to express modality;
[syn: modal auxiliary verb, modal auxiliary, modal verb, modal]


ADJECTIVE (3)

1. relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution;
- Example: "the modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30"
[syn: modal(a), average]

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

3. relating to or expressing the mood of a verb;
- Example: "modal auxiliary"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Modal \Mo"dal\, a. [Cf. F. modal. See Mode.] 1. 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. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster] 2. (Logic & Metaph.) Indicating, or pertaining to, some mode of conceiving existence, or of expressing thought, such as the modes of possibility or obligation. [1913 Webster +PJC] 3. (Gram.) Pertaining to or denoting mood. [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Modal \Mo"dal\(Gram.), n. A modal auxiliary. [PJC]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

modal adj 1: relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution; "the modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30" [syn: modal(a), average] 2: of or relating to a musical mode; especially written in an ecclesiastical mode 3: relating to or expressing the mood of a verb; "modal auxiliary" n 1: an auxiliary verb (such as `can' or `will') that is used to express modality [syn: modal auxiliary verb, modal auxiliary, modal verb, modal]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

modal 1. (Of an interface) Having modes. Modeless interfaces are generally considered to be superior because the user does not have to remember which mode he is in. 2. See modal logic. 3. In MS Windows programming, A window with the label "WS_MODAL" will stay on the screen and claim all the user-input. Other windows can only be accessed if the MODAL window is closed. Such a window would typically be used for an error dialog box to warn the user for something important, like "Critical error, shut down the system and restart". (1995-02-07)