What does modulate mean?

Definitions for modulateˈmɒdʒ əˌleɪt

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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

  4. Origin: [L. modulatus, p. p. of modulari to measure, to modulate, fr. modulus a small measure, meter, melody, dim. of modus. See Mode.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Modulate

    mod′ū-lāt, v.t. to measure, to regulate: to vary the tone of voice so as to give expression: (mus.) to change the key or mode.—v.i. to pass from one key into another.—adj. Mod′ular, of or pertaining to mode or modulation, or to a module.—ns. Modulā′tion, the act of modulating: state of being modulated: (mus.) the changing of the keynote and of the original scale by the introduction of a new sharp or flat; Mod′ulātor, one who, or that which, modulates: a chart in the Tonic Sol-fa musical notation on which the modulations or changes from one scale to another are shown by the relative position of the notes; Mod′ule, a small measure or quantity: (archit.) a measure such as the diameter of the shaft for regulating the proportions of the other parts of columns: (Shak.) a model, image; Mod′ulus (math.), a constant multiplier in a function of a variable, by which the function is adapted to a particular base:—pl. Moduli (mod′ū-lī). [L. modulāri, -ātusmodulus, dim. of modus, a measure.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of modulate in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of modulate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Luc Arnal:

    Normal speech patterns only have slight differences in loudness, between 4 and 5 Hertz (sound wave cycles per second), but screams can modulate very fast, varying between 30 and 150 Hertz.

  2. Nir Barzilai:

    Aging is the major risk factor for all these diseases—heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, if you want to make a real impact you have to modulate the risk of aging and by that the risk for all those diseases of aging.

  3. Marc Flajolet:

    Most studies carried out till now were targeting the very late steps of this whole multi-step process, and we thought, ‘Let’s look at the very early steps and maybe we’ll have more chances to modulate this pathway,’ we found that was not only the case for amyloid plaques, but that it also worked in this animal model for memory.

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