Moderateness Mod"er·ate·ness noun The quality or state of being moderate; temperateness; moderation.
Moderation Mod`er·a"tion noun
[ Latin moderatio
: confer French modération
.] 1. The act of moderating, or of imposing due restraint. 2. The state or quality of being mmoderate.
In moderation placing all my glory, Pope. 3. Calmness of mind; equanimity; as, to bear adversity with moderation .
While Tories call me Whig, and Whigs a Tory.
The calm and judicious moderation of Orange. Motley. 4. plural The first public examinations for degrees at the University of Oxford; -- usually contracted to mods .
Moderatism Mod"er·a·tism (mŏd"ẽr*a*tĭz'm) noun Moderation in doctrines or opinion, especially in politics or religion.
Moderato Mod`e·ra"to adjective & adverb [ Italian See Moderate .] (Mus.) With a moderate degree of quickness; moderately. Allegro moderato , a little slower than allegro. -- Andante moderato , a little faster than andante.
Moderator Mod"er·a`tor noun
[ Latin : confer French modérateur
.] 1. One who, or that which, moderates, restrains, or pacifies. Sir W. Raleigh.
Angling was . . . a moderator of passions. Walton. 2. The officer who presides over an assembly to preserve order, propose questions, regulate the proceedings, and declare the votes. 3. In the University of Oxford, an examiner for moderations; at Cambridge, the superintendant of examinations for degrees; at Dublin, either the first (senior) or second (junior) in rank in an examination for the degree of Bachelor of Arts. 4. A mechanical arrangement for regulating motion in a machine, or producing equality of effect.
Moderatorship Mod"er·a`tor·ship noun The office of a moderator.
Moderatress Mod"er·a`tress noun A female moderator. Fuller.
Moderatrix Mod"er·a`trix noun [ Latin ] A female moderator.
Modern Mod"ern adjective
[ French moderne
, Latin modernus
; akin to modo
just now, orig. abl. of modus
measure; hence, by measure, just now. See Mode
.] 1. Of or pertaining to the present time, or time not long past; late; not ancient or remote in past time; of recent period; as, modern days, ages, or time; modern authors; modern fashions; modern taste; modern practice. Bacon. 2. New and common; trite; commonplace.
We have our philosophical persons, to make modern and familiar, things supernatural and causeless. Shak. Modern English
. See the Note under English .
Modern Mod"ern noun A person of modern times; -- opposed to ancient . Pope.
Modernism Mod"ern·ism noun Modern practice; a thing of recent date; esp., a modern usage or mode of expression.
Modernism Mod"ern·ism noun Certain methods and tendencies which, in Biblical questions, apologetics, and the theory of dogma, in the endeavor to reconcile the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church with the conclusions of modern science, replace the authority of the church by purely subjective criteria; -- so called officially by Pope Pius X.
Modernist Mod"ern·ist noun [ Confer French moderniste .] One who admires the moderns, or their ways and fashions.
Modernist Mod"ern·ist noun An advocate of the teaching of modern subjects, as modern languages, in preference to the ancient classics.
Modernity Mo·der"ni·ty noun Modernness; something modern. Walpole.
Modernization Mod`ern·i·za"tion noun The act of rendering modern in style; the act or process of causing to conform to modern of thinking or acting.
Modernize Mod"ern·ize transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Modernized ; present participle & verbal noun Modernizing .] [ Confer French moderniser .] To render modern; to adapt to modern person or things; to cause to conform to recent or present usage or taste. Percy.
Modernizer Mod"ern·i`zer noun One who modernizes.
Modernly Mod"ern·ly adverb In modern times. Milton.
Modernness Mod"ern·ness noun The quality or state of being modern; recentness; novelty. M. Arnold.
Modest Mod"est adjective
[ French modeste
, Latin modestus
, from modus
measure. See Mode
.] 1. Restraining within due limits of propriety; not forward, bold, boastful, or presumptious; rather retiring than pushing one's self forward; not obstructive; as, a modest youth; a modest man. 2. Observing the proprieties of the sex; not unwomanly in act or bearing; free from undue familiarity, indecency, or lewdness; decent in speech and demeanor; -- said of a woman.
Mrs. Ford, the honest woman, the modest wife. Shak.
The blushing beauties of a modest maid. Dryden. 3. Evincing modestly in the actor, author, or speaker; not showing presumption; not excessive or extreme; moderate; as, a modest request; modest joy. Syn.
-- Reserved; unobtrusive; diffident; bashful; coy; shy; decent; becoming; chaste; virtuous.
Modestly Mod"est·ly adverb In a modest manner.
Modesty Mod"es·ty noun
[ Latin modestia
: confer French modestie
. See Modest
.] 1. The quality or state of being modest; that lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one's own worth and importance; absence of self-assertion, arrogance, and presumption; humility respecting one's own merit. 2. Natural delicacy or shame regarding personal charms and the sexual relation; purity of thought and manners; due regard for propriety in speech or action.
Her blush is guiltiness, not modesty . Shak. Modesty piece
, a narrow piece of lace worn by women over the bosom.
[ Obsolete] Addison. Syn.
-- Bashfulness; humility; diffidence; shyness. See Bashfulness
, and Humility
Modicity Mo·dic"i·ty noun [ Late Latin modicitas ; confer French modicité .] Moderateness; smallness; meanness. [ Obsolete]
Modicum Mod"i·cum noun
[ Latin , from modicus
moderate, from modus
. See Mode
.] A little; a small quantity; a measured supply.
of wit." Shak.
Her usual modicum of beer and punch. Thackeray.
Modifiability Mod`i·fi`a·bil"i·ty noun Capability of being modified; state or quality of being modifiable.
Modifiable Mod"i·fi`a·ble adjective [ From Modify .] Capable of being modified; liable to modification.
Modificable Mo·dif"i·ca·ble adjective Modifiable. [ Obsolete]
Modificate Mod"i·fi·cate transitive verb [ See Modify .] To qualify. [ Obsolete] Bp. Pearson.
Modification Mod`i·fi·ca"tion noun [ Latin modificatio a measuring: confer French modification . See Modify .] The act of modifying, or the state of being modified; a modified form or condition; state as modified; a change; as, the modification of an opinion, or of a machine; the various modifications of light. Bentley.
Modificative Mod"i·fi·ca·tive noun That which modifies or qualifies, as a word or clause.
Modificatory Mod"i·fi·ca`to·ry adjective Tending or serving to modify; modifying. Max Müller.
Modifier Mod"i·fi`er noun One who, or that which, modifies. Hume.
Modify Mod"i·fy transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Modified
; present participle & verbal noun Modifying
.] [ French modifier
, Latin modificare
limit + -ficare
(in comp.) to make. See Mode
, and -fy
.] 1. To change somewhat the form or qualities of; to alter somewhat; as, to modify a contrivance adapted to some mechanical purpose; to modify the terms of a contract. 2. To limit or reduce in extent or degree; to moderate; to qualify; to lower.
Of his grace Dryden.
He modifies his first severe decree.
Modillion Mo·dil"lion noun [ French modillon , Italian modiglione . Confer Module , noun ] (Architecture) The enriched block or horizontal bracket generally found under the cornice of the Corinthian and Composite entablature, and sometimes, less ornamented, in the Ionic and other orders; -- so called because of its arrangement at regulated distances.
Modiolar Mo·di"o·lar adjective [ Latin modiolus , dim. of modius the Roman corn measure.] Shaped like a bushel measure.
Modiolus Mo·di"o·lus noun
; plural Modioli
. [ Latin , a small measure.] (Anat.) The central column in the osseous cochlea of the ear.
Modish Mod"ish adjective According to the mode, or customary manner; conformed to the fashion; fashionable; hence, conventional; as, a modish dress; a modish feast. Dryden. " Modish forms of address." Barrow. -- Mod"ish*ly , adverb -- Mod"ish*ness , noun
Modist Mod"ist noun One who follows the fashion.
Modiste Mo`diste" noun [ French See Mode , and confer Modist .] A female maker of, or dealer in, articles of fashion, especially of the fashionable dress of ladies; a woman who gives direction to the style or mode of dress.
Modiste Mo`diste" noun [ French See Mode ; confer Modist .] One, esp. woman, who makes, or deals in, articles of fashion, esp. of the fashionable dress of ladies; a dress- maker or milliner.
Modius Mo"di·us noun
; plural Modii
. [ Latin ] (Rom. Antiq.) A dry measure, containing about a peck.
Modocs Mo"docs noun plural ; sing. Modoc (Ethnol.) A tribe of warlike Indians formerly inhabiting Northern California. They are nearly extinct.
Modular Mod"u·lar adjective Of or pertaining to mode, modulation, module, or modius; as, modular arrangement; modular accent; modular measure.
Modulate Mod"u·late transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Modulated
; present participle & verbal noun Modulating
.] [ Latin modulatus
, past participle of modulari
to measure, to modulate, from modulus
a small measure, meter, melody, dim. of modus
. See Mode
.] 1. To form, as sound, to a certain key, or to a certain portion. 2. To vary or inflect in a natural, customary, or musical manner; as, the organs of speech modulate the voice in reading or speaking.
Could any person so modulate her voice as to deceive so many? Broome.
Modulate Mod"u·late intransitive verb (Mus.) To pass from one key into another.
Modulation Mod`u·la"tion noun [ Latin modulatio : confer French modulation .] 1. The act of modulating, or the state of being modulated; as, the modulation of the voice. 2. Sound modulated; melody. [ R.] Thomson. 3. (Mus.) A change of key, whether transient, or until the music becomes established in the new key; a shifting of the tonality of a piece, so that the harmonies all center upon a new keynote or tonic; the art of transition out of the original key into one nearly related, and so on, it may be, by successive changes, into a key quite remote. There are also sudden and unprepared modulations.
Modulator Mod"u·la`tor noun [ Latin ] One who, or that which, modulates. Denham.
Module Mod"ule noun [ French, from Latin modulus a small measure, dim. of modus . See Mode , and confer Model , Modulus , Mold a matrix.] 1. A model or measure. 2. (Architecture) The size of some one part, as the diameter of semi-diameter of the base of a shaft, taken as a unit of measure by which the proportions of the other parts of the composition are regulated. Generally, for columns, the semi-diameter is taken, and divided into a certain number of parts, called minutes (see Minute ), though often the diameter is taken, and any dimension is said to be so many modules and minutes in height, breadth, or projection.
Module Mod"ule transitive verb [ See module , noun , Modulate .] To model; also, to modulate. [ Obsolete] Sandys. Drayton.
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