• WordNet 3.6
    • v modulate vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves)
    • v modulate adjust the pitch, tone, or volume of
    • v modulate fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of "regulate the temperature","modulate the pitch"
    • v modulate vary the pitch of one's speech
    • v modulate change the key of, in music "modulate the melody"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Just twenty seconds worth of fuel remained when Apollo 11's lunar module landed on the moon.
    • Modulate (Electronics) To alter the amplitude, frequency, phase, or intensity of (the carrier wave of a radio signal) at intervals, so as to represent information to be conveyed by the signal; -- a technique used to convey information by means of radio waves transmitted by one electronic device and received by another.
    • Modulate To form, as sound, to a certain key, or to a certain portion.
    • v. i Modulate (Mus) To pass from one key into another.
    • Modulate To vary or inflect in a natural, customary, or musical manner; as, the organs of speech modulate the voice in reading or speaking. "Could any person so modulate her voice as to deceive so many?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sunday, July 20, 1969: Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, Edwin Aldrin was the second. They were members of Apollo 11, and landed in the Sea of Tranquility. The Lunar Excursion Module was named the "Eagle." Michael Collins stayed onboard the mother ship, "Columbia."
    • modulate To modify; adjust; adapt; regulate.
    • modulate To vary or inflect the sound or utterance of, especially so as to give expressiveness to what is uttered; vary or adapt in tone.
    • modulate To vary the pitch of; inflect; melodize.
    • modulate In music, to change from one key (tonality) to another, by utilizing one or more of the tones common to both.
    • modulate In music, to pass from one key (tonality) into another, or from the major into the minor mode, or vice versa. See modulation, 3 .
    • modulate Hence To vary, oscillate, or fluctuate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Modulate mod′ū-lāt to measure, to regulate: to vary the tone of voice so as to give expression:
    • v.i Modulate to pass from one key into another
    • v.t Modulate mod′ū-lāt (mus.) to change the key or mode
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. modulatus, p. p. of modulari, to measure, to modulate, fr. modulus, a small measure, meter, melody, dim. of modus,. See Mode
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. modulāri, -ātusmodulus, dim. of modus, a measure.


In literature:

Her voice was just as ringing and clear, and with unwavering, finely-touched modulation.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
As the last strong, melodious modulations ceased, Courvoisier pointed to one of the windows.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
But when we enter Galilee the keynote of our thoughts is modulated into peace.
"Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land" by Henry Van Dyke
The judge modulated from a contemptuous allusion to "that Pepperall cat" to "my daughter-in-law.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Not such a voice as she expected to hear, but a sweet, well-modulated voice, that of a person of education.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 1, No. 3, August, 1850." by Various
He was the first to break the silence, and he did so in a voice well modulated and under perfect control.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
Its odor modulated from sea-brine to Barren Island, and the wind hummed.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Thayer struck a vigorous major chord or two; then, with a sudden memory of the dry glitter in Arlt's eyes, he modulated thoughtfully.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
Then he was conscious of a shadowy form beside him, and heard the smooth, modulated tones of Dr. Hartmann's voice.
"The Ivory Snuff Box" by Arnold Fredericks
His tones are soft and modulated, his speech gentle.
"Christ, Christianity and the Bible" by I. M. Haldeman

In poetry:

Like a lyre in some far valley,
Uttering ravishments divine!
All its strings to viewless fingers
Yearning, modulations fine!
"Daphne" by George Meredith
But a time came when, turning full of hate
And weariness from my remembered themes,
I wished my poet's pipe could modulate
Beauty more palpable than words and dreams.
"Poem" by Aldous Huxley
Lo! through the churchyard comes a company sweet
Of ghosted infants—who has loosed their feet?
Linked hand in hand, this way they glide along;
But list their softly-modulated song:—
"The Churchyard: Night The First" by Thomas Aird
Therefore I set not mine hand
To the shifting of changed modulations,
To the smiting of manifold strings;
While the thrones of the throned men stand,
One song for the morning of nations,
One for the twilight of kings.
"Monotones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Pain ever deepens with the deepening life,
Though fair Love modulate the whole to joy.
A myriad darkling points of dolorous gloom
Startle to live light; subtle infinite veins
Of world-wide Anguish glow, a noonlit leaf.
"The Temple of Sorrow" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
Rejoice, ye birds of passage, sing!
Sing notes of offering morn and even,
Make resonant the air of spring;
With modulation sweet, to heaven
Send grateful up a rapturous roundelay,
For Christ our Saviour rose on Easter Day.
"Easter Offering" by George Hannibal Temple

In news:

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New module combines social CRM and monitoring.
Contemporary Research QMOD-HD HDTV Modulator .
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Saint-Gobain has announced that its subsidiary, Avancis, will build a new plant to produce photovoltaic (PV) modules to cover the roofs of residential, industrial and commercial buildings, as well as solar plants.
Yes, UL does certify PV module trackers under the product category Photovoltaic Solar Trackers (QIKA), located on page 327 in the 2012 UL White Book.
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Omega Engineering CS series of process control modules delivers PID loop control of any process without using a PLC.

In science:

This simulation includes the physical motion constraints on the modules, allowing them to rotate onto neighboring modules only when that motion is not obstructed by other modules.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
Since every finitely presented Q-module is induced from a finitely presented R-module, we conclude that Q is a regular ring such that every finitely generated pro jective module is free.
$K_0$ of purely infinite simple regular rings
As an application of Proposition 3.14, if R is a field and PH (q , Q) 6= 0 then we can construct the irreducible H -modules either as the modules V λ of Theorem 3.2 or as the Specht modules S λ .
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
By Proposition 3.14 the modules V λ and S λ have the same L -module composition factors; this implies that V λ ∼= S λ as H -modules.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
The irreducible H -modules In principle, the simple Hn -modules are completely determined by Theorem 3.12; that is, the simple Hn -modules are precisely the non-zero modules Dµ for µ a multipartition of n.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras