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Modulation n. 1. the act of modulating. 2. the state of being modulated. 3. Gram. the use of a particular distribution of stress or pitch in a construction, as the use of rising pitch on here in John is here? [ME modulacion < L modulátión- (s. of modulátió} rhythmical measure]
Module n. 1. a standard or unit for measuring. 2. a selected unit of measure, ranging in size from a few inches to several feet, used as a basis for the planning and standardization of building materials. 3. a planning and standardization of building materials. 3. a separable component, frequently one that is interchangeable with others for assembly into units of differing size, complexity, or function. [< L module. See MODE1 . . . . manner of acting or doing; method; way . . ., -ULE]
Modulate v. 1. to regulate by or adjust to a certain measure of proportion; soften; tone down. 2. to adapt [the voice] to the circumstances. 3. Music. a. to attune to a certain pitch or key. b. to vary the volume of (tone). 4. Radio. to cause the amplitude frequency, phase, or intensity of (a carrier wave) to vary in accordance with a sound wave or other signal. -v.i. 5. Radio, to modulate a carrier wave. 6. Music. to pass from one key to another. [< L modulátu(us) measured, regulated (ptp. of modulárâ). See MODULE, -ATE1]
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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