A modal auxiliary.
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.
Other Word Forms
Origin of modal
- Medieval Latin modālis from Latin modus measure med- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition