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Meaning of modal

mod•al

Pronunciation: (mōd'l), [key]
— adj.
  1. of or pertaining to mode, manner, or form.
    1. pertaining to mode, as distinguished from key.
    2. based on a scale other than major or minor.
  2. pertaining to or suitable for transportation involving only one form of a carrier, as truck, rail, or ship. Cf.(def. 3),
  3. noting or pertaining to mood.
  4. pertaining to a mode of a thing, as distinguished from one of its basic attributes or from its substance or matter.
  5. exhibiting or expressing some phase of modality.
—n.
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Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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