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Middle English moede, from Latin modus measure, manner, musical mode


  • 1a : an arrangement of the eight diatonic notes or tones of an octave according to one of several fixed schemes of their intervals
b : a rhythmical scheme (as in 13th and 14th century music)
  • 2: mood
  • 3[Late Latin modus, from Latin] a : mood 1 b : the modal form of the assertion or denial of a logical proposition
  • 4a : a particular form or variety of something <flying and other modes of transport>
b : a form or manner of expression : style
b : a particular functioning arrangement or condition : status <a computer operating in parallel mode>
  • 7a : the most frequent value of a set of data
b : a value of a random variable for which a function of probabilities defined on it achieves a relative maximum
  • 8: any of various stationary vibration patterns of which an elastic body or oscillatory system is capable <the vibration mode of an airplane propeller blade> <the vibrational modes of a molecule>


In semiotics, a modality is a particular way in which the information is to be encoded for presentation to humans, i.e. to the type of sign and to the status of reality ascribed to or claimed by a sign, text or genre. It is more closely associated with the semiotics of Charles Peirce (1839-1914) than Saussure (1857-1913) because meaning is conceived as an effect of a set of signs. In the Peircean model, a reference is made to an object when the sign (or representamen) is interpreted recursively by another sign (which becomes its interpretant), a conception of meaning that does in fact imply a classification of sign types.[1]