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MODIFICATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does modification mean? 

MODIFICATION (noun)
  The noun MODIFICATION has 4 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: MODIFICATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MODIFICATION (noun)


Sense 1modification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

modification; adjustment; alteration

Hypernyms ("modification" is a kind of...):

change (the action of changing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "modification"):

laxation; loosening (the act of making something less tight)

tightening (the act of making something tighter)

accommodation ((physiology) the automatic adjustment in focal length of the lens of the eye)

adaptation ((physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light))

tune (the adjustment of a radio receiver or other circuit to a required frequency)


Sense 2modification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Slightly modified copy; not an exact copy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context example:

a modification of last year's model

Hypernyms ("modification" is a kind of...):

copy (a secondary representation of an original)


Sense 3modification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

limiting; qualifying; modification

Hypernyms ("modification" is a kind of...):

grammatical relation (a linguistic relation established by grammar)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "modification"):

restrictiveness (a grammatical qualification that makes the meaning more specific ('red hat' has a more specific meaning than 'hat'))

apposition (a grammatical relation between a word and a noun phrase that follows)


Sense 4modification [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

change; alteration; modification

Context examples:

the change was intended to increase sales / this storm is certainly a change for the worse / the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago

Hypernyms ("modification" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "modification"):

scintillation; sparkling; twinkle (a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash)

shift; transformation; transmutation (a qualitative change)

transition (a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another)

deformation (alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it)

easing; moderation; relief (a change for the better)

play; shimmer (a weak and tremulous light)

transmutation ((physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment))

damage; harm; impairment (the occurrence of a change for the worse)

development (a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation)

revolution (a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving)

chromosomal mutation; genetic mutation; mutation ((genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genotype of an organism)

sex change (a change in a person's physical sexual characteristics (as by surgery and hormone treatments))

loss of consciousness (the occurrence of a loss of the ability to perceive and respond)

increase (a change resulting in an increase)

destabilization (an event that causes a loss of equilibrium (as of a ship or aircraft))

decrease; drop-off; lessening (a change downward)

acceleration (an increase in rate of change)

deceleration; retardation; slowing (a decrease in rate of change)

avulsion (an abrupt change in the course of a stream that forms the boundary between two parcels of land resulting in the loss of part of the land of one landowner and a consequent increase in the land of another)

break (an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion))

mutation (a change or alteration in form or qualities)

sublimation ((psychology) modifying the natural expression of an impulse or instinct (especially a sexual one) to one that is socially acceptable)

surprise (a sudden unexpected event)

birth; nascence; nascency; nativity (the event of being born)

breakup; detachment; separation (coming apart)

vagary (an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.))

fluctuation; variation (an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change)

conversion (a change of religion)

death; decease; expiry (the event of dying or departure from life)


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