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Meaning of modification by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


    modification ( plural: modifications )

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

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    • modification in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • modification in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of modification by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of making something different ( as e.g. the size of a garment )

    2. slightly modified copy

    3. a modification of last year's model
    4. an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

    5. the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago
    6. the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase

    Definition of modification by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Modification n. [L. modificatio a measuring: cf. F. modification. See Modify.]
      1. The act of modifying, or the state of being modified; a change; as, “the modification of an opinion, or of a machine.” Bentley.

      Syn. -- change, alteration, adjustment.

      2. Something which has been modified; a modified form or condition; state as modified; as, “the various modifications of light; the latest modification of the operating system crashes less frequently”.

      Syn. -- model8.

      3. ( Gram. ) 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; as, “in the phrase “a billion dollars is a relatively small sum to spend on cancer research” the modification of small by relatively is needed to make the sentence accurate, rather than ludicrous”.