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Definition 1: the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment) - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for modification in the sense of this definition

(modification is a kind of ...) the action of changing something

"the change of government had no impact on the economy" "his change on abortion cost him the election"

(... is a kind of modification ) the act of making something less tight

(... is a kind of modification ) the act of making something tighter

"the tightening of economic controls"

(... is a kind of modification ) (physiology) the automatic adjustment in focal length of the natural lens of the eye

(... is a kind of modification ) (physiology) the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions (as of light)

(... is a kind of modification ) the adjustment of a radio receiver or other circuit to a required frequency

Definition 2: slightly modified copy; not an exact copy - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where modification or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a modification of last year's model

(modification is a kind of ...) a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing

"she made a copy of the designer dress" "the clone was a copy of its ancestor"

Definition 3: an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another - [noun denoting event]

Samples where modification or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for modification in the sense of this definition

(modification is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of modification ) an increase in rate of change

"modern science caused an acceleration of cultural change"

(... is a kind of modification ) a change for the better

(... is a kind of modification ) alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it

(... is a kind of modification ) a change from one place or state or subject or stage to another

(... is a kind of modification ) a qualitative change

(... is a kind of modification ) a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash

(... is a kind of modification ) a weak and tremulous light

"the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers" "the play of light on the water"

(... is a kind of modification ) (physics) the change of one chemical element into another (as by nuclear decay or radioactive bombardment)

"the transmutation of base metals into gold proved to be impossible"

(... is a kind of modification ) the occurrence of a change for the worse

(... is a kind of modification ) a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation

"recent developments in Iraq" "what a revolting development!"

(... is a kind of modification ) a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking and behaving

"the industrial revolution was also a cultural revolution"

(... is a kind of modification ) (genetics) any event that changes genetic structure; any alteration in the inherited nucleic acid sequence of the genotype of an organism

(... is a kind of modification ) a change in a person's physical sexual characteristics (as by surgery and hormone treatments)

(... is a kind of modification ) a change resulting in an increase

"the increase is scheduled for next month"

(... is a kind of modification ) an event that causes a loss of equilibrium (as of a ship or aircraft)

(... is a kind of modification ) a change downward

"there was a decrease in his temperature as the fever subsided" "there was a sharp drop-off in sales"

(... is a kind of modification ) a decrease in rate of change

"the deceleration of the arms race"

(... is a kind of modification ) 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

(... is a kind of modification ) an abrupt change in the tone or register of the voice (as at puberty or due to emotion)

"then there was a break in her voice"

(... is a kind of modification ) a change or alteration in form or qualities

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

(... is a kind of modification ) a sudden unexpected event

(... is a kind of modification ) the event of being born

"they celebrated the birth of their first child"

(... is a kind of modification ) coming apart

(... is a kind of modification ) an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)

"the vagaries of the weather" "his wealth fluctuates with the vagaries of the stock market" "he has dealt with human vagaries for many years"

(... is a kind of modification ) an instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change

(... is a kind of modification ) a change of religion

"his conversion to the Catholic faith"

(... is a kind of modification ) the event of dying or departure from life

"her death came as a terrible shock" "upon your decease the capital will pass to your grandchildren"

(... is a kind of modification ) the occurrence of a loss of the ability to perceive and respond

Definition 4: the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase - [noun denoting linkdef]

Synonyms for modification in the sense of this definition

(modification is a kind of ...) a linguistic relation established by grammar

(... is a kind of modification ) a grammatical qualification that makes the meaning more specific (`red hat' has a more specific meaning than `hat')

(... is a kind of modification ) a grammatical relation between a word and a noun phrase that follows

"`Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer' is an example of apposition"

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