(Mod"er*a`tor) n. [L.: cf. F. modérateur.]
1. One who, or that which, moderates, restrains, or pacifies. Sir W. Raleigh.
Angling was . . . a moderator of passions.Walton.
2. The officer who presides over an assembly to preserve order, propose questions, regulate the proceedings,
and declare the votes.
3. In the University of Oxford, an examiner for moderations; at Cambridge, the superintendant of examinations
for degrees; at Dublin, either the first (senior) or second (junior) in rank in an examination for the degree
of Bachelor of Arts.
4. A mechanical arrangement for regulating motion in a machine, or producing equality of effect.
(Mod"er*a`tor*ship), n. The office of a moderator.
(Mod"er*a`tress) n. A female moderator. Fuller.
(Mod"er*a`trix) n. [L.] A female moderator.
(Mod"ern) a. [F. moderne, L. modernus; akin to modo just now, orig. abl. of modus measure; hence,
by measure, just now. See Mode.]
1. Of or pertaining to the present time, or time not long past; late; not ancient or remote in past time; of
recent period; as, modern days, ages, or time; modern authors; modern fashions; modern taste; modern
2. New and common; trite; commonplace. [Obs.]
We have our philosophical persons, to make modern and familiar, things supernatural and causeless.Shak. Modern English. See the Note under English.
(Mod"ern), n. A person of modern times; opposed to ancient. Pope.
(Mod"ern*ism) n. Modern practice; a thing of recent date; esp., a modern usage or mode of
(Mod"ern*ist), n. [Cf. F. moderniste.] One who admires the moderns, or their ways and
(Mo*der"ni*ty) n. Modernness; something modern. Walpole.