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[mod-uh-fahy-er] /ˈmɒd əˌfaɪ ər/
a person or thing that modifies.
  1. a word, phrase, or sentence element that limits or qualifies the sense of another word, phrase, or element in the same construction.
  2. the immediate constituent of an endocentric construction that is not the head.
Origin of modifier
1575-85; modify + -er1
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(grammar) Also called qualifier. a word or phrase that qualifies the sense of another word; for example, the noun alarm is a modifier of clock in alarm clock and the phrase every day is an adverbial modifier of walks in he walks every day
a person or thing that modifies
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Word Origin and History for modifier

1580s, agent noun of modify. Grammatical sense is from 1865.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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modifier in Culture

modifier definition

A word or group of words that describes or limits a verb, noun, adjective, or adverb. Modifiers applied to nouns are adjectives. Modifiers applied to verbs or adjectives are adverbs. Those that are applied to adverbs themselves are also called adverbs.

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modifier in Technology

An operation that alters the state of an object. Modifiers often have names that begin with "set" and corresponding selector functions whose names begin with "get".

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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