Modification

Mod`i*fi*ca"tion

(?), n. [L. modificatio a measuring: cf. F. modification. See Modify.] 1. The act of modifying, or the state of being modified; a change; as, the modification of an opinion, or of a machine. Bentley.
Syn. -- change, alteration, adjustment.
[1913 Webster]

2. Something which has been modified; a modified form or condition; state as modified; as, the various modifications of light; the latest modification of the operating system crashes less frequently.
Syn. -- model{8}.
[1913 Webster +PJC]

3. (Gram.) The alteration of the meaning of a word or phrase by another word or phrase; -- usually a restriction of the scope of the word modified; as, in the phrase "a billion dollars is a relatively small sum to spend on cancer research" the modification of small by relatively is needed to make the sentence accurate, rather than ludicrous.
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