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MODIFIER

 Dictionary entry overview: What does modifier mean? 

MODIFIER (noun)
  The noun MODIFIER has 4 senses:

1. a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
2. a moderator who makes less extreme or uncompromising
3. a person who changes something
4. a gene that modifies the effect produced by another gene

  Familiarity information: MODIFIER used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MODIFIER (noun)


Sense 1modifier [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

modifier; qualifier

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

content word; open-class word (a word to which an independent meaning can be assigned)

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

intensifier; intensive (a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies)

adjective (a word that expresses an attribute of something)

adverb (a word that modifies something other than a noun)

dangling modifier; misplaced modifier (a word or phrase apparently modifying an unintended word because of its placement in a sentence: e.g., 'when young' in 'when young, circuses appeal to all of us')

Holonyms ("modifier" is a part of...):

phrase (an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence)


Sense 2modifier [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A moderator who makes less extreme or uncompromising

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

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

moderator (someone who mediates disputes and attempts to avoid violence)


Sense 3modifier [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who changes something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

changer; modifier

Context example:

an inveterate changer of the menu

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

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

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

adulterator (a changer who lessens the purity or effectiveness of a substance)

normaliser; normalizer (a person who normalizes)

standardiser; standardizer (a person who sets a standard for things to conform to)


Sense 4modifier [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A gene that modifies the effect produced by another gene

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

modifier gene; modifier

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

cistron; factor; gene ((genetics) a segment of DNA that is involved in producing a polypeptide chain; it can include regions preceding and following the coding DNA as well as introns between the exons; it is considered a unit of heredity)


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