modifier

[mod-uh-fahy-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that modifies.
2.
Grammar.
a.
a word, phrase, or sentence element that limits or qualifies the sense of another word, phrase, or element in the same construction.
b.
the immediate constituent of an endocentric construction that is not the head.

Origin:
1575–85; modify + -er1

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modifier (ˈmɒdɪˌfaɪə)
 
n
1.  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
2.  a person or thing that modifies

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modifier
1580s, agent noun of modify. Grammatical sense is from 1865.
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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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Example sentences
Cars allowed to race on the track include open wheel modifiers, road hogs and
  late models.
But today ever more it is recognized that all those millions of bugs living in
  each of us are important modifiers of our health.
Gravity, relative speed are known modifiers in our local reality.
They can be used for a drug delivery system, biosensors or viscosity modifiers.
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