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Modality

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun modality:

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Definition of the noun modality

What does modality mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: modalities

  1. a classification of propositions on the basis of whether they claim necessity or possibility or impossibility
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • synonym of modality: mode
    • more generic term: logical relation = a relation between propositions
  2. verb inflections that express how the action or state is conceived by the speaker
  3. a particular sense
  4. a method of therapy that involves physical or electrical therapeutic treatment
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: intervention / treatment = care provided to improve a situation
    • more specific word: diathermy = a method of physical therapy that involves generating local heat in body tissues by high-frequency electromagnetic currents
    • part of: physiatrics / physical therapy / physiotherapy = therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities

Alternative definition of the noun modality

noun

  1. the state of being modal
  2. [logic] the classification of propositions on the basis on whether they claim possibility, impossibility, contingency or necessity; mode
  3. [linguistics] the inflection of a verb that shows how its action is conceived by the speaker; mood
  4. [medicine] any method of therapy that involves therapeutic treatment
  5. any of the senses (such as sight or taste)
  6. [semiotics] a particular way in which the information is to be encoded for presentation to humans, i.e. to the type of sign and to the status of reality ascribed to or claimed by a sign, text or genre
  7. [theology] the organization and structure of the church, as distinct from sodality or parachurch organizations
  8. [music] the subject concerning certain diatonic scales known as musical modes
  9. [sociology] a concept in Anthony Giddens structuration theory

Writings

"Modality" is a book by Joseph Melia.

Miscellanea

  1. Modality: In semiotics, a modality is a particular way in which information is to be encoded for presentation to humans, i.e. to the type of sign and to the status of reality ascribed to or claimed by a sign, text or genre. It is more closely associated with the semiotics of Charles Peirce than Ferdinand de Saussure because meaning is conceived as an effect of a set of signs. In the Peircean model, a reference is made to an object when the sign is interpreted recursively by another sign, a conception of meaning that does in fact imply a classification of sign types.
  2. Modality: In human-computer interaction, a modality is the general class of: a sense through which the human can receive the output of the computer a sensor or device through which the computer can receive the input from the human In less formal terms, a modality is a path of communication between the human and the computer. When multiple modalities are available for some tasks or parts of tasks, the system is said to have overlapping modalities.
  3. Modality in Protestant and Catholic Christian theology, is the structure and organization of the local or universal church. In Catholic theology, the modality is the universal Catholic church. In Protestant theology, the modality is variously described as either the universal church or the local church.
  4. Modality is a non-fiction book by the semanticist Paul Portner. The book, first published by the Oxford University Press in 2009, lays out the basic problems in linguistic modality and some of the standard approaches to solving them.

Phrases with Modality

  1. sense modality
  2. touch modality
  3. visual modality
  4. auditory modality
  5. gustatory modality
  6. olfactory modality

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Modality

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Google previewILSIENNA - Our Language- Vol. 2, 2012 (2012)

by Thomas Stolz

Introduction Linguistic modality is a vast and complex field in the study of language which has led to the proposal of numerous definitions and uses of...

Google previewRepresenting Time (2009)

An Essay on Temporality as Modality by Katarzyna Jaszczolt

While propositional modality refers to speaker's judgement concerning the proposition, event modality refers to speaker's...

Google previewWishbone (2003)

Reference and Interpretation in Black Folk Narrative by Laura C. Jarmon

Modality refers to communicative process, humor refers to attitude, and both modality and humor represent an individual's disposition to view things as being more relative than absolute. Modality is the discourse concept representing the ...

Google previewEmerging Trends in Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (2013)

PAKDD 2012 International Workshops: DMHM, GeoDoc, 3Clust, and DSDM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 29 -- June 1, 2012, Revised Selected Papers by Takashi Washio, Jun Luo

Modality is a key facet in medical image retrieval, as a user is likely interested in only one of e.g. radiology images, flowcharts, and pathology photos.

Introduction Imaging modality is an important aspect of the image for medical retrieval [1].

Google previewThe Vocabulary of Philosophy, Mental, Moral and Metaphysical (1860)

With Quotations and References; for the Use of Students by William Fleming, Charles Porterfield Krauth

MODALITY is the term employed to denote the most general points of view under which the different objects of thought present themselves to our mind. Now all that we think of we think of as possible, or contingent, or impossible, or necessary .

Google previewEncyclopedia of Imaging (2008)

by Albert L. Baert

Each imaging modality provides specific types of information regarding the morphology, physiology, metabolism, molecular composition, or molecular pathways within biological tissue, and provides that information on a certain spatial and ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory (2010)

by David HERMAN, Manfred JAHN, Marie-Laure RYAN

The term 'modality' refers to the judgements of belief and obligation that speakers and writers attach to utterances. It covers those expressions which relate to the * truth (or otherwise) of what is being uttered and to the proposition, situation, ...

Google previewThe International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction, 3 Volume Set (2015)

by Karen Tracy, Cornelia Ilie, Todd Sandel

A further distinction between epistemic and deontic modality concerns the nature of what it is that the speaker qualifies when modalizing an utterance. In other words, a distinction can be drawn between what is said and how it is said.

Google previewLanguage Typology and Syntactic Description: Volume 3, Grammatical Categories and the Lexicon (2007)

by Timothy Shopen

but epistemic modality, the degree of certainty of the event as a whole.

Google previewA Dictionary of Stylistics (2014)

by Katie Wales

Ü modality; modal verb (1) Modality as used in logic, SEMANTICS and GRAMMAR is concerned with speakers« ATTITUDES and STANCE towards the PROPOSITIONS they express. It is essentially a subjective and qualifying process: judging ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2014)

by Bas Aarts, Sylvia Chalker, Edmund Weiner

modality 252 modal adverb (or modal adverbial, modal adjunct): an *adverb, * adverbial, or *adjunct that expresses modal meaning, such as a speaker's judgement about a *proposition, e.g. arguably, possibly, probably, maybe, surely, ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of English Language Studies (2012)

by Michael Pearce

Modality A term used to describe a speaker or writer's attitude towards a) ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology (2017)

by Amy Wenzel

Central Techniques Bridging Simply put, bridging is a strategy whereby the therapist skillfully and nonconfrontationally helps a client segue from one modality to another. Employed by many experienced therapists, bridging can readily be ...

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The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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