- 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.
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Example sentences from the Web for modifier
Nouns are adjectives, subjects disagree with objects, modifiers dangle, malapropisms abound.
It seeks the shortest phrase or sentence and adds successively all the modifiers, making no omissions.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Therefore he wraps himself in congenial mystery, and both his root numbers and his modifiers must be taken on faith.The Little Cryptogram|J. Gilfin Pyle
See that the sentence and all its parts are placed in the natural order of subject, predicate, object, and modifiers.
The logical subject is the simple or grammatical subject, together with all its modifiers.
In such a case two or more separate objects are usually indicated by the separation of the modifiers.
British Dictionary definitions for modifier
Cultural 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.