• WordNet 3.6
    • n modifier a gene that modifies the effect produced by another gene
    • n modifier a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
    • n modifier a person who changes something "an inveterate changer of the menu"
    • n modifier a moderator who makes less extreme or uncompromising
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Aspirin went on sale as the first pharmaceutical drug in 1899, after Felix Hoffman, a German chemist at the drug company Bayer, successfully modified Salicylic Acid, a compound found in willow bark to produce Aspirin.
    • Modifier (Gram) A word or phrase that modifies another word, phrase, or sentence, usually by limiting the scope or restricting the meaning of the sentence element modified.
    • Modifier One who, or that which, modifies.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The stormtroopers in the original starwars are seen in many seen carrying long blasters. On closer inspection you can see that the blasters are actually WWII era German MG42 machine guns (modified slightly)
    • n modifier One who or that which modifies.
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  • George Eliot
    “Life is measured by the rapidity of change, the succession of influences that modify the being.”
  • Quentin Crisp
    “Though intelligence is powerless to modify character, it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.”
  • W. H. Auden
    “The words of a dead man are modified in the guts of the living.”
  • David H. Souter
    David H. Souter
    “It is much easier to modify an opinion if one has not already persuasively declared it.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “When you pray for anyone you tend to modify your personal attitude toward him.”
  • Jorge Luis Borges
    “Every writer creates his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.”


In literature:

Sterilized milk should be modified for infant feeding in the same way as milk which has not been heated.
"The Care and Feeding of Children" by L. Emmett Holt
Home Rulers, and probably enough the whole Irish people, will insist that the Bill, which will then have become an Act, must be modified.
"A Leap in the Dark" by A.V. Dicey
The Genitive modified by an Adjective is used to denote quality.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
As the Child grows in years this sentiment is gradually and unconsciously modified, but it is never wholly eradicated.
"A Handbook of the Boer War" by Gale and Polden, Limited
Mr. Madison offered to modify it somewhat.
"History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1" by George W. Williams
A few hours, however, greatly modified his view of the case.
"Adèle Dubois" by Mrs. William T. Savage
It is in the old basilica style, modified by the dome over the middle of the top.
"Barbara's Heritage" by Deristhe L. Hoyt
The reason of man intervenes, and interprets, and modifies this law.
"The Fertility of the Unfit" by William Allan Chapple
This arrangement, however, did not in the least modify the appearance of the false streak.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
We are all more or less what our fathers were, but our surroundings do much to modify us.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
Could the subject be more effectively handled if somewhat modified?
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
A dissolution of the Chambers, which modified the condition of the Assembly, served to strengthen the Ministry of Mole.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Coherence is the second principle which modifies the internal structure of a composition.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
As circumstances changed, men unconsciously and slowly modified their course of selection.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
His acquired reactions, then, are his native reactions modified by use.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
This was objected to, and was readily modified.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
The position of participles in relation to the words they modify.
"The Style Book of The Detroit News" by The Detroit News
They would also modify the direction of the ocean currents.
"The Origin of the World According to Revelation and Science" by John William Dawson
In respect to our own actions this sentiment is modified according as the action is to be performed, or is already performed.
"Elements of Morals" by Paul Janet
But on the night of the 20th February the plans of the besieger had to be modified.
"Annals of a Fortress" by E. Viollet-le-Duc

In poetry:

Affrighted yet, I heard the noise,
Which, tho' 'twas modified in tone,
It terror brought unto my heart,
And from my lips it drew a groan.
"A Dream" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

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The mouse is open-source: the original files necessary to make or modify its design are available for download below.
Any computerized voting machine that cannot be modified to produce a verifiable paper trail probably should be scrapped.
Last modified 30 days ago (Oct 24, 2012).
Taxpayers to fork out $165,000 to modify Waukesha County roundabout.
Rich Lindgren won the first Modified feature in 12 minutes.
Scientists have found a way to genetically modify rice as a replacement for human blood.
The lifter can be modified with a range of factory-designed pickup heads.
A vacuum tube lifter that can be modified with a wide range of factory designed pick up heads for safely handling cartons weighing up to 400 lbs.
The success of genetically modified crops provides opportunities to win over their critics.
The track was set to host its Hard Rock Nationals Modified race.

In science:

We have to modify further our sequence of gauge transformations gν , such that they satisfy the boundary conditions.
The Arnold-Givental conjecture and moment Floer homology
Although ribosome diffusion constants are difficult to vary over a wide range (by modifying the solution viscosity), the critical k∗ is a very sensitive function of D, particularly for small D.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
It is then shown that the presence of these fields do not modify the main saddle point and the leading contribution to the density of states.
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
At higher loop orders, the renormalization might modify the combinations appearing on the right hand sides of Eqs. (4.11).
Corrections to Scaling in Random Resistor Networks and Diluted Continuous Spin Models near the Percolation Threshold
Then we obtain Eq. (4.8) as a corollary by slightly modifying our previous arguments.
Corrections to Scaling in Random Resistor Networks and Diluted Continuous Spin Models near the Percolation Threshold
In order to derive Eq. (4.8), we just need to modify our arguments of Appendix (A 1) slightly.
Corrections to Scaling in Random Resistor Networks and Diluted Continuous Spin Models near the Percolation Threshold
In Section 3 we show how to modify this algebra to form a real unital C*-algebra with the same K -theory.
The Range of United K-Theory
Thus, we need to modify the above large deviation to the setup of SU(n).
Inequalities related to free entropy derived from random matrix approximation
In deriving equation (4), we have assumed that inverse Compton scattering does not modify the cooling frequency significantly.
The Diversity of Gamma-Ray Bursts and the Surroundings of Massive Stars
Another line of approach to the trans-Planckian problems is to modify the equation of motion-.
A general condition of inflationary cosmology on trans-Planckian physics
In contrast to the conventional Lorentz transformations, the generalized ones conformally modify Minkowski metric but leave invariant the corresponding Finslerian metric which describes a flat locally anisotropic space-time.
Concerning the generalized Lorentz symmetry and the generalization of the Dirac equation
For sake of clarity, we denote by A′ the set of all connected acyclic digraphs and modify the transition rules as follows.
Generating connected acyclic digraphs uniformly at random
One can then try to modify the Kodama wavefunction ΨK (A) by multiplying it by a Ψ0(A) which is peaked around the E0 eigenvalue, but unlike the Λ = 0 case, the product ΨK (A)Ψ0(A) does not solve the Hamiltonian constraint.
Flat Spacetime Vacuum in Loop Quantum Gravity
Further let us modify these two formulas assuming that the observer is far from gravitation in the solar system.
New Relativistic Equations of Motion and Their Comparison with the Equations from the General Relativity
To simulate the effect of a finite τth we must modify the dynamics proposed above introducing the effect of thermal fluctuations, but still keeping separate signals.
Driving rate effects in avalanche-mediated, first-order phase transitions