1. of, or relating to a mode or modus
  2. (grammar) of, relating to, or describing the mood of a clause
  3. (music) of, relating to, or composed in the musical modi by which an octave is divided, associated with emotional moods in Ancient — and in medieval ecclesiastical music
  4. (logic) of, or relating to the modality between propositions
  5. (statistics) relating to the statistical mode.
  6. (computing) Having separate modes in which user input has different effects.
    Antonyms: modeless
  7. (GUI) Requiring immediate user interaction and thus presented so that it cannot be closed or interacted behind until a decision is made.
    a modal dialog; a modal window
    Antonyms: modeless
  8. (metaphysics) Relating to the form of a thing rather to any of its attributes
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: modal
  • German: modal
  • Russian: мода́льный
  • Russian: ла́довый
  • Russian: мода́льный
  • German: modal
  • Russian: мода́льный
  • Spanish: modal

modal (plural modals)

  1. (logic) A modal proposition.
  2. (linguistics) A modal form, notably a modal auxiliary.
  3. (grammar) A modal verb.
    • Using the same type of distributional criterion, we could argue that only a Verb (in its base form) can occur in the position marked — in (23) below to complete the sentence:
      (23)     They/it can —
      Conversely, the only type of word which could be used to begin a three-word sentence such as (25) below:
      (25)     — I be frank?
      is a Modal: cf. [...]
  4. (GUI) A modal window, one that cannot be closed until a decision is made.
    • 1996, OOPSLA '96: Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications (volume 31, issues 10-12)
      Modal screen elements are subtrees which, when activated, disable all elements external to them. Examples of modals are yes-no message boxes and the application itself.

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