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Adjective: modal  mow-dul
  1. Of or relating to a musical mode; especially written in an ecclesiastical mode
  2. Relating to or expressing the mood of a verb
    "modal auxiliary"
  3. (statistics) relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution
    "the modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30";
    - average
Noun: modal  mow-dul
  1. An auxiliary verb (such as 'can' or 'will') that is used to express modality
    - modal auxiliary verb, modal auxiliary, modal verb

Derived forms: modals

See also: normal

Type of: auxiliary verb

Encyclopedia: Modal