Definition of Modifier

1. Noun. A content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb.

Exact synonyms: Qualifier
Generic synonyms: Content Word, Open-class Word
Group relationships: Phrase
Specialized synonyms: Intensifier, Intensive, Adjective, Adverb, Dangling Modifier, Misplaced Modifier
Derivative terms: Modify, Qualify

2. Noun. A moderator who makes less extreme or uncompromising.
Generic synonyms: Moderator

3. Noun. A person who changes something. "An inveterate changer of the menu"
Exact synonyms: Changer
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Specialized synonyms: Adulterator, Normaliser, Normalizer, Standardiser, Standardizer
Derivative terms: Change, Modify

4. Noun. A gene that modifies the effect produced by another gene.
Exact synonyms: Modifier Gene
Generic synonyms: Cistron, Factor, Gene

Definition of Modifier

1. n. One who, or that which, modifies.

Definition of Modifier

1. Noun. One who, or that which, modifies. ¹

2. Noun. (grammar) A word, phrase, or clause that limits or qualifies the sense of another word or phrase. ¹

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Definition of Modifier

1. one that modifies [n -S] - See also: modifies

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Modifier

modified American plan
modified Newtonian dynamics
modified aspect ratio
modified bitumen
modified bitumens
modified chest thrust
modified chest thrusts
modified milk
modified radical mastectomy
modified sit-ups
modified starch
modified zinc oxide-eugenol cement
modifier (current term)
modifier gene
modifier key
modifier keys

Literary usage of Modifier

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Electrical Engineering: The Theory and Characteristics of Electrical by Clarence Victor Christie (1917)
"Application of a Synchronous Phase modifier to a Transmission System.—In the transmission system worked out in the last article, the regulation is poor and ..."

2. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"An Adverb as modifier of a Noun. The adverb often in descriptive language ... A Clause as modifier of a Noun. A clause may modify a noun: die Hoffnung, ..."

3. The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever, Easley Stephen Jones (1922)
"Squinting modifier. Avoid the squinting construction. That is, do not place between two parts of a sentence a modifier that may attach itself to either. ..."

4. The Mother Tongue by Sarah Louise Arnold, George Lyman Kittredge, John Hays Gardiner (1901)
"The infinitive with to is common as an adverbial modifier of verbs and ... and as an adjective modifier of nouns. 538. In each of the following sentences ..."

5. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1919)
"DISCUSSION ON "PREDETERMINATION OF SYNCHRONOUS PHASE- modifier PERFORMANCE" ... thus showing the -generator voltage, or the phase-modifier kv-a., ..."

6. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by Anna Lorraine Guthrie, Marion A. Knight, H.W. Wilson Company, Estella E. Painter (1920)
"See Monitorial system of education Lancefield. DE Autosomal bristle modifier, affecting a sex- linked character. ..."

7. An Introduction to Poetry: For Students of English Literature by Raymond Macdonald Alden (1909)
"This idealizing power of rhythm has a still deeper significance, which was suggested by the observation in an earlier paragraph that tragic ex- modifier of ..."

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