- a word, phrase, or sentence element that limits or qualifies the sense of another word, phrase, or element in the same construction.
- the immediate constituent of an endocentric construction that is not the head.
Examples from the Web for modifier
On the summer programming spectrum, it skewed more towards “just plain silly,” sans the “but still curious” modifier.WGN’s ‘Manhattan’ Is Summer’s Best New Show. But Will Anyone Watch?|Kevin Fallon|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But not effortlessly charming, which is usually the modifier when someone uses "charming" as an adjective.Lena Dunham on 'SNL' Review: Very Funny, Very Dunham-y|Kevin Fallon|March 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ‘Zionist’ modifier is crucial because it differentiates between the situation in Israel/Palestine and Afrikaaner Apartheid.
A word or group of words that changes or modifies the meaning of another word is called a modifier ( 19).
He was above all things a projector of works in the face of nature, and a modifier of nature itself.Records of a Family of Engineers|Robert Louis Stevenson
Both of these are now used side by side; sometimes they are used together, as one modifier, making a double possessive.An English Grammar|W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
The infinitive may have a complement or a modifier, as in the last four examples.
Y is a modifier of X, but unless X is present Y can produce no effect.Mimicry in Butterflies|Reginald Crundall Punnett
British Dictionary definitions for modifier
Word Origin and History for modifier
1580s, agent noun of modify. Grammatical sense is from 1865.
Culture definitions for modifier
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.