- 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.
- 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 of modalMedieval Latin modalis ; from Classical Latin modus, mode
Gram. modal auxiliary
- 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.
See modal auxiliary.
Origin of modalMedieval Latin modālis, from Latin modus, measure; see med- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more modal, superlative most modal)
- of, or relating to a mode or modus
- (grammar) of, relating to, or describing the mood of a clause
- (grammar) modal verb
- (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
- (logic) of, or relating to the modality between propositions
- (statistics) relating to the statistical mode.
- (computing) Having separate modes in which user input has different effects.
- (computer science) requiring immediate user interaction (often used as modal dialog or modal window)
- (metaphysics) Relating to the form of a thing rather to any of its attributes