• WordNet 3.6
    • n modicum a small or moderate or token amount "England still expects a modicum of eccentricity in its artists"- Ian Jack"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Modicum A little; a small quantity; a measured supply. "Modicums of wit.""Her usual modicum of beer and punch."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n modicum A small or moderate quantity; a scanty or meager allowance; a limited amount or degree.
    • n modicum Any small thing; a diminutive person.
    • n modicum Something eaten to provoke thirst.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Modicum mod′i-kum a small quantity: something of a moderate size: anything very small.
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  • Dick Clark
    Dick Clark
    “Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. modicus, moderate, fr. modus,. See Mode
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. neut. of modicus, moderate—modus.


In literature:

Hence, during windy weather, a modicum of dust is introduced into it.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
Ita haec vita hominum ad modicum apparet; quid autem sequatur, quidve praecesserit, prorsus ignoramus.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
Such stories came to Westray's ears, and stirred in him the modicum of chivalry which leavens the lump of most men's being.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
To the last, women would go distances to carry the modicum of food between themselves and starvation to a suffering Confederate.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
Gentlemen, it is generally agreed that a certain modicum of natural gifts is necessary for those who think of entering the ministry.
"The Preacher and His Models" by James Stalker
No engine, however subtly devised, can evade this law of equivalence, or perform on its own account the smallest modicum of work.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Here, at last, some modicum of reason penetrated into the numbed blankness of his brain.
"When the Sleepers Woke" by Arthur Leo Zagat
Trial presupposes a modicum of doubt, and Beardsley dispelled that readily enough.
"We're Friends, Now" by Henry Hasse
It is too purely artificial to endure after the people acquire even a modicum of education.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
It was a stone that would please any woman with plenty of money and a modicum of taste.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus

In news:

But there will be more than a modicum of entertainment, a fine dinner and a wide range of door prizes and auction items.
The Real Housewives Are the Modicum of Etiquette.
If the screen saver password is enabled, it prevents anyone else from terminating the screen saver, providing a modicum of security.
I think it's safe to say without much exaggeration (and only an understandable modicum of self-congratulation) that The Observer has saved Laura.
Henry Ford's Model T put America on wheels, and Ferdinand Porsche's Volkswagen did the same thing for much of Europe, but given a modicum of perspective, it was kind of like introducing canned vegetables or flush toilets.
The Bears achieved a modicum of respectability with their season-ending victory over the Vikings Sunday in Minneapolis.
Doing so requires a modicum, but no more, of reasoning from known facts.
The new Mel Gibson vehicle Payback is arguably the first major-studio release this year to have even a modicum of aesthetic ambition.
Whenever he's done a film that has a modicum of intelligence, it's ignored.
It's important to have a modicum of test instruments available to you, so you don't wind up throwing darts at an invisible target to solve your problems.
It seems like anyone with a specialty, a modicum of culinary talent, and good story is opening a food trailer these days.
Which is ironic, because not a moment of Hitchcock contains even a modicum of the artistry apparent in each of the Master 's actual films.
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Il Primo is a terrific improvement over the usual McDonalds or Subway in that it has a very nice, large dining room with tables and booths and a modicum of interior design.
A new package of rules should bring a modicum of reform to New York's legislature.

In science:

While I have made a modicum of progress in an unfinished attempt to construct a Lax pair for certain variants of V = A2 models, in the point particle approach , I will not discuss this here.
Areal Theory
After a number of iterations, and with the benefit of a modicum of experience, it is possible to identify and account for each of these various effects to produce a “timing solution” which is phase coherent over the whole data span.
Binary and Millisecond Pulsars at the New Millennium
To be interactive, the JavaScript must pop-up or “pop-under” another window that allows the attacker some modicum of control over Google searches (although this might be successfully hidden in a zero-height IFRAME).
Attacks on Local Searching Tools
Anonymity therefore produced a very low barrier to entry, and given at least a modicum of satisfaction that comes with contribution, the benefits to contribution outweighed the costs and Wikipedia grew.
A Wikipedia Literature Review
The large √F values required for even a modicum of consistency imply that experimentalists should be looking for events with vertices a substantial distance from the interaction point, quite possibly in association with heavily ionizing tracks.
A Simplified Summary of Supersymmetry