Modal



[mohd-l] /ˈmoʊd l/

adjective
1.
of or relating to mode, manner, or form.
2.
Music.

3.
Also, single modal. Transportation. pertaining to or suitable for transportation involving only one form of a carrier, as truck, rail, or ship.
Compare (def 3), .
4.
Grammar. noting or pertaining to mood.
5.
Philosophy. pertaining to a mode of a thing, as distinguished from one of its basic attributes or from its substance or matter.
6.
Logic. exhibiting or expressing some phase of modality.
noun
7.
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/ˈməʊdəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of mode or manner
2.
(grammar) (of a verb form or auxiliary verb) expressing a distinction of mood, such as that between possibility and actuality. The modal auxiliaries in English include can, could, may, must, need, ought, shall, should, will, and would
3.
(philosophy, logic)

4.
(metaphysics) of or relating to the form of a thing as opposed to its attributes, substance, etc
5.
(music) of or relating to a mode
6.
of or relating to a statistical mode
adj.

1560s, term in logic, from Middle French modal and directly from Medieval Latin modalis “of or pertaining to a mode,” from Latin modus “measure, manner, mode” (see mode (n.1)). Musical sense is from 1590s.

1. (Of an interface) Having modes. Modeless interfaces are generally considered to be superior because the user does not have to remember which mode he is in.
2. See modal logic.
3. In MS Windows programming, A window with the label “WS_MODAL” will stay on the screen and claim all the user-input. Other windows can only be accessed if the MODAL window is closed. Such a window would typically be used for an error dialog box to warn the user for something important, like “Critical error, shut down the system and restart”.
(1995-02-07)

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