modal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French modal, from Medieval Latin modalis (pertaining to a mode), from Latin modus (mode); see mode. Compare to French, Spanish and Portuguese modal and Italian modale.

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Adjective[edit]

modal (comparative more modal, superlative most modal)

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  1. of, or relating to a mode or modus
  2. (grammar) of, relating to, or describing the mood of a clause
  3. (music) 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
  4. (logic) of, or relating to the modality between propositions
  5. (statistics) relating to the statistical mode.
  6. (computing) Having separate modes in which user input has different effects.
    Antonym: modeless
  7. (graphical user interface) Requiring immediate user interaction and thus presented so that it cannot be closed or interacted behind until a decision is made.
    • a. 2011, “Dialog Windows”, in Qt Widgets Documentation[1], archived from the original on February 7, 2020:
      Dialogs can be modal, in which case the user is required to provide necessary information before work in the main window can continue, or modeless. Modeless dialogs do not prevent the user from interacting with any of the other windows in the application.
    a modal dialog; a modal window
    Antonym: modeless
  8. (metaphysics) Relating to the form of a thing rather to any of its attributes

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Noun[edit]

modal (plural modals)

  1. (logic) A modal proposition.
  2. (linguistics) A modal form, notably a modal auxiliary.
  3. (grammar) A modal verb.
    • 1988, Andrew Radford, Transformational Grammar: A First Course, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 61:
      Using the same type of distributional criterion, we could argue that only a Verb (in its base form) can occur in the position marked — in (23) below to complete the sentence:
      (23)     They/it can —
      [...]
      Conversely, the only type of word which could be used to begin a three-word sentence such as (25) below:
      (25)     — I be frank?
      is a Modal: cf. [...]
  4. (graphical user interface) A modal window, one that cannot be closed until a decision is made.
    • 1996, OOPSLA '96: Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications (volume 31, issues 10-12)
      Modal screen elements are subtrees which, when activated, disable all elements external to them. Examples of modals are yes-no message boxes and the application itself.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin modalis, from Latin modus 'mode'.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /mɔ.dal/
  • (file)
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

modal (feminine singular modale, masculine plural modaux, feminine plural modales)

  1. modal

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Noun[edit]

modal m (plural modaux)

  1. a modal verb

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German[edit]

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modal (not comparable)

  1. modal

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Indonesian[edit]

Indonesian Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Tamil முதல் (mutal, principal, fund, capital, money yielding interest) [1].

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈmo.d̪al]
  • Hyphenation: mo‧dal

Noun[edit]

modal (plural, first-person possessive modalku, second-person possessive modalmu, third-person possessive modalnya)

  1. capital,
    1. money and wealth. The means to acquire goods and services, especially in a non-barter system.
    2. (figurative) goods available for use as a factor of production, such as steam shovels (equipment) and office buildings (structures).

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  1. ^ Comprehensive Indonesian-English Dictionary, Ohio University Press, 2010, page 639

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Portuguese[edit]

Adjective[edit]

modal m or f (plural modais, comparable)

  1. modal (all senses)

Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

modal (plural modales)

  1. modal

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