AskDefine | Define modifier

Dictionary Definition



1 a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb [syn: qualifier]
2 a moderator who makes less extreme or uncompromising
3 a person who changes something; "an inveterate changer of the menu" [syn: changer]
4 a gene that modifies the effect produced by another gene [syn: modifier gene]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A word, phrase, or clause that limits or qualifies the sense of another word or phrase



  • lang=fr|/mɔ.di.fje/


  1. to change, to modify


Extensive Definition

Modifier may refer to:
  • Grammatical modifier, an adjective or adverb that changes the meaning of a noun, pronoun, or verb
  • Dangling modifier, a word or phrase that modifies a clause in an ambiguous manner
  • Modifier key, a kind of key on a computer keyboard that changes the semantics of other keys (e.g., the Shift key)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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