Definitions for modulateˈmɒdʒ əˌleɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mod•u•lateˈmɒdʒ əˌleɪt(v.)-lat•ed, -lat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to regulate by or adjust to a certain measure or proportion.

  2. to alter or adapt (the voice) according to the circumstances, one's listener, etc.

  3. to cause the amplitude, frequency, phase, or intensity of (a carrier wave) to vary in accordance with a sound wave or other signal.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

  4. (v.i.)to modulate a carrier wave.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

  5. to move harmonically from one key to a related key.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of modulate:

1550–60; < L modulātus, ptp. of modulārī to regulate (sounds). See module , -ate1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. modulate(verb)

    change the key of, in music

    "modulate the melody"

  2. tone, inflect, modulate(verb)

    vary the pitch of one's speech

  3. regulate, modulate(verb)

    fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of

    "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch"

  4. modulate(verb)

    adjust the pitch, tone, or volume of

  5. modulate(verb)

    vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves)


  1. modulate(Verb)

    To regulate, adjust or adapt

  2. modulate(Verb)

    To change the pitch, intensity or tone of one's voice or of a musical instrument

  3. modulate(Verb)

    to vary the amplitude, frequency or phase of a carrier wave in proportion to the amplitude etc of a source wave (such as speech or music)

  4. modulate(Verb)

    to move from one key or tonality to another, especially by using a chord progression

  5. Origin: From modulatus, past participle of modulari, from modulus; see modulus. Compare module.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Modulate(verb)

    to form, as sound, to a certain key, or to a certain portion

  2. Modulate(verb)

    to vary or inflect in a natural, customary, or musical manner; as, the organs of speech modulate the voice in reading or speaking

  3. Modulate(verb)

    to pass from one key into another


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