modal modal  /ˈmoʊ dəl/


  1. (n) an auxiliary verb (such as `can' or `will') that is used to express modality
  2. (adj) relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution
  3. (adj) of or relating to a musical mode; especially written in an ecclesiastical mode
  4. (adj) relating to or expressing the mood of a verb


  1. He will no doubt be thinking of the silken flutter of the 13-stringed koto or the modal mysteries of the pentatonic scale.
  2. Now they deal in intricate, syncopated modal sound that, unlike most rock but like fine jazz, demands close attention and rewards it with a special exhilarating delight.
  3. Their harmony is sometimes repetitiously modal, but flawlesstight as the Everly Brothers, soft as Simon and Garfunkel and twice as sweet.


  1. U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project work this week

    Detours and delays expected this week as work continues on the U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project, a $312 million multi-modal project that will build an express lane in each direction on U.S. 36 from Federal Boulevard to 88th Street in Louisville/Superior:
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Broomfield Enterprise

  2. Bend seeks grant project volunteers

    The city of Bend is seeking volunteers to participate as members of the Bend Central District Multi-modal Mixed-use Area (MMA) Project Team.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: KTVZ Bend

  3. LaValle Secures Transportation Funding for the Shelter Island Ferry

    This week it was announced that New York State Senator Ken LaValle has secured $750,000 in New York State Transportation Department Multi-modal funds for the Shelter Island South Ferry that will help the company resolve docking and navigational issues. The program provides funds for capital improvements to rail freight and passenger facilities, port facilities, aviation [...]
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Sag Harbor Express


  1. "These projects will move Ohio toward a more multi-modal system of transportation that links Ohio's businesses, highways, railways, transit and ports into an advanced and efficient network for moving goods and people," Strickland said.
    on Mar 26, 2009 By: Ted Strickland Source: Forbes

  2. "The West Bay Sector, now with a new international airport, is an unparalleled greenfield site and a unique multi-modal opportunity for expanding businesses interested in air, land and sea access," said Kevin Johnson, St. Joe's Vice President of...
    on May 24, 2010 By: Kevin Johnson Source: MarketWatch (press release)

  3. "Environmental issues had a major impact on both bus and rail," Chief Executive Brian Souter told reporters. "In the south, particularly the cathedral cities, we're seeing a modal shift onto the bus."
    on Jun 26, 2007 By: Brian Souter Source: Reuters UK

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