from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of modifying or the condition of being modified.
  • n. A result of modifying.
  • n. A small alteration, adjustment, or limitation.
  • n. Biology Any of the changes in an organism caused by environment or activity and not genetically transmissable to offspring.
  • n. Linguistics A change undergone by a word that is borrowed from another language.
  • n. Linguistics A phonological change undergone by a word or morpheme when it is used in a construction, as the change of will to 'll in they'll.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act or result of modifying or the condition of being modified
  • n. an alteration or adjustment to something
  • n. a change to an organism as a result of its environment that is not transmissable to offspring
  • n. a change to a word when it is borrowed by another language
  • n. the change undergone by a word when used in a construction (for instance am => 'm in I'm)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of modifying, or the state of being modified; a change
  • n. Something which has been modified; a modified form or condition; state as modified.
  • n. The alteration of the meaning of a word or phrase by another word or phrase; -- usually a restriction of the scope of the word modified.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Determination by a mode or quality; qualification.
  • n. The act or process of modifying or altering in character, form, or function; the act or process of producing variation.
  • n. Alteration or change: often specifically in the sense of abatement or reduction.
  • n. The result of variation or alteration; that which marks or shows variation of character, form, or function; mode, form, or condition reached through process of change, or through being modified.
  • n. In Scots law, the determining of the amount of the stipend of the minister of a parish. This is fixed by a decision of the Court of Teinds, called a decree of modification.
  • n. In music, same as temperament.
  • n. Synonyms Change, alteration, variation, qualification.
  • n. In biology, a change which is brought about in a living being by its own activity and is not transmitted to descendants, as contrasted with a variation regarded as a congenital change which is not the effect of the activity of the organism and is transmitted to descendants; an acquired character.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. slightly modified copy; not an exact copy
  • n. the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase
  • n. the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
  • n. an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French modification, from Latin modificatio ("a measuring"), from modificare ("to limit, control, modify"); see modify.



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