- The definition of modal is expressing a mood, particularly in personality or grammar, or the composition mode of medieval church music, or form as opposed to substance.
- An example of something modal is a photo that expresses happiness; a modal photography.
- An example of something modal is a song composed during medieval times; a modal tune.
- An example of something modal is a poem focused on the structure of the poem instead of the content; a modal poem.
modal definition by Webster's New World
- of or indicating a mode or mood
- Gram. of or expressing mood: a modal auxiliary
- Jazz of or relating to compositions or improvisations based on an arrangement of modes rather than a series of chord progressions
- in popular music, of or characterized by the repetition of one or two chords as a harmonic base
- Logic expressing or characterized by modality
- Music of or composed in any of the medieval church modes
- Philos. of mode, or form, as opposed to substance
- Statistics having to do with a statistical mode
Origin: Midieval Latin modalis ; from Classical Latin modus, mode
- modally adverb
modal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a mode.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or expressing the mood of a verb.
- Music Of, relating to, characteristic of, or composed in any of the modes typical of medieval church music.
- Philosophy Of or relating to mode without referring to substance.
- Logic Expressing or characterized by modality.
- Statistics Of or relating to a statistical mode or modes.
Origin: Medieval Latin modālis, from Latin modus, measure; see med- in Indo-European roots.
- modˈal·ly adverb