• WordNet 3.6
    • v modify cause to change; make different; cause a transformation "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city","The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
    • v modify make less severe or harsh or extreme "please modify this letter to make it more polite","he modified his views on same-gender marriage"
    • v modify add a modifier to a constituent
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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.
    • Modify To change somewhat the form or qualities of; to change a part of something while leaving most parts unchanged; to alter somewhat; as, to modify a contrivance adapted to some mechanical purpose; to modify the terms of a contract.
    • Modify To limit or reduce in extent or degree; to moderate; to qualify; to lower. "Of his grace
      He modifies his first severe decree."
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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)
    • modify To qualify; especially, to moderate or reduce in extent or degree.
    • modify To change the properties, form, or function of; give a new form to; alter slightly or not very much; vary: as, to modify the terms of a contract; a prefix modifies the sense of a word; light is modified by its transmission through certain media. In crystallography one crystalline form is said to modify another when the two occur together in the same crystal, the modified form predominating; thus, the cube may be modified by the trapezohedron. A highly modified crystal is one showing a large number of different crystalline forms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate not only does not promote tooth decay, it might prevent it. According to the American Dental Association, milk chocolate contains ingredients, such as calcium and phosphate, that might modify acid production in the mouth that leads to cavities. Some oils in chocolate might also prevent tooth decay. Chocolate does contain sugar, of course, but these are simple sugars that are less harmful than the complex sugars contained in other foods.
    • v.t Modify mod′i-fī to set bounds to: to moderate: to change the form or quality of: to alter slightly: to vary
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. modifier, L. modificare, modificari,; modus, limit + -ficare,in comp.) to make. See Mode, and -fy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. modifier—L. modificāre, -ātummodus, a measure, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

I now come to my confession and must admit at the outset how circumstance served to modify detail and improve the original plan.
"The Red Redmaynes" by Eden Phillpotts
Ah informal dinner dress is merely a modified formal one.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
Even in a fully grown animal, to remove or exchange the sex glands (by surgery) modifies the bodily type.
"Taboo and Genetics" by Melvin Moses Knight, Iva Lowther Peters, and Phyllis Mary Blanchard
It means the repetition of a thought in a slightly modified way.
"Books and Habits from the Lectures of Lafcadio Hearn" by Lafcadio Hearn
All varieties of the constructed temple are found in the rock-cut temple, though more or less modified by local conditions.
"Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt" by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
Shall we undertake without suspension to modify the existing Corn Law?
"The History of the Great Irish Famine of 1847 (3rd ed.) (1902)" by John O'Rourke
In substance the traditional ordering continued to exist in a form better adapted to the modified conditions.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
It is profoundly modified by ideas derived from those around him.
"The Nervous Child" by Hector Charles Cameron
When such physical changes as these have taken place, it is evident that many species must either become modified or cease to exist.
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
Later, he modifies his opinion, but this the classical observers did not do.
"The Religion of the Ancient Celts" by J. A. MacCulloch

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:

) In that article, you learned how to store information in the BCD about how to boot more than one OS, but even if you have only one OS on a computer, you'll still find Bcdedit useful: It also lets you modify...
Australian Peter Britten had his Bruneau-powered Troyer modified on the provisional pole for most of Thursday afternoon's big-block qualifying session at Super DIRT Week.
From the February, 2006 issue of Modified Mustangs & Fords.
George Foley drove the Loreman's/Egglefield Ford No 34 to his third win in the 30-lap Modified main event Saturday.
Tommy Powell parked his TSMA Modified in victory lane for a career first as well.
From the October, 2012 issue of Modified Mustangs & Fords.
Last modified 4 days ago (Oct. Cattle feeder has long history.
Last modified 44 days ago (Oct. Cattle feeder has long history.
Last modified 10 days ago (Oct. Cattle feeder has long history.
Originally published May 29, 2010 at 10:01 PM Page modified June 3, 2010 at 11:23 AM.
Scientists defend safety of genetically modified foods.
Should Genetically Modified Food Be Labeled .
What's your opinion on Genetically Modified Foods.
Should Genetically Modified Food Be Labeled ?–What Do YOU Think.
DNR expects modified regulations on Long Lake.

In science:

Each oscillator starts to evolve with its intrinsic frequency given by the initial distribution g (ω ), but the coupling between near neighboring oscillators will modify its frequency continuously with time until the the stationary state is reached.
Collective synchronization in spatially extended systems of coupled oscillators with random frequencies
However, these interactions do modify statistics at ǫ4 order as was shown in .
Probability densities and preservation of randomness in wave turbulence
Henceforth, we assume that the perturbed energy momentum tensor does not modify the background metric found by solving the Einstein field equations Gµν = κTµν , i.e. the perturbation δT µν acts as a test fluid.
On the stability of general relativistic geometric thin disks
The numerical experiments realized show that this outer perturbation does not modify the qualitative aspects of our solutions.
On the stability of general relativistic geometric thin disks
The adia batic potentials modify the conductivity (see Eq. 4) in the x, p channel such that Landauer’s formula relates the average charge with the average current through the quantum dot.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions