American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To adjust or adapt to a certain proportion; regulate or temper.
- v. To change or vary the pitch, intensity, or tone of (one's voice or a musical instrument, for example).
- v. Electronics To vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves).
- v. Electronics To vary (electron velocity) in an electron beam.
- v. Music To move from one key or tonality to another by means of a melody or chord progression.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To modify; adjust; adapt; regulate.
- To vary or inflect the sound or utterance of, especially so as to give expressiveness to what is uttered; vary or adapt in tone.
- To vary the pitch of; inflect; melodize.
- In music, to change from one key (tonality) to another, by utilizing one or more of the tones common to both.
- In music, to pass from one key (tonality) into another, or from the major into the minor mode, or vice versa. See modulation, 3 .
- Hence To vary, oscillate, or fluctuate.
- v. transitive To regulate, adjust or adapt
- v. transitive To change the pitch, intensity or tone of one's voice or of a musical instrument
- v. transitive (electronics) 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)
- v. intransitive, music to move from one key or tonality to another, especially by using a chord progression
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To form, as sound, to a certain key, or to a certain portion.
- v. To vary or inflect in a natural, customary, or musical manner.
- v. (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.
- v. (Mus.) To pass from one key into another.
- v. vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves)
- v. fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
- v. vary the pitch of one's speech
- v. change the key of, in music
- v. adjust the pitch, tone, or volume of
- From Latin modulatus, past participle of modulari ("to measure, regulate, modulate"), from modulus ("measure"); see modulus. Compare module. (Wiktionary)
- Latin modulārī, modulāt-, to measure off, to regulate, from modulus, diminutive of modus, measure; see med- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He often possessed a voice that was a marvelous instrument, a voice he could modulate from a sepulchral whisper to a crashing thunder clap.”
“The idea is to kind of modulate the depth -- to have more gentle moments, then have kind of deeper moments.”
“Without the ability to add additional pressure above this very low maximum, the ability to "modulate" pressure, except towards even less pressure (and lower oxygen dose), does not even exist.”
“Organisms and cultures constantly modulate both telic orientation and process relations for optimality in the evolutionary sense — optimality is achieved, if at all, in the aggregate and never in the instance, but cannot be achieved at all programmatically, or algorithmically, whether the algorithm or program be defined by ends or means.”
“We are asked to mine those things often and a lot of it is up to the editing and the director about how you modulate it.”
“I think we women still tend to modulate our capabilities to those around us.”
“This will squeeze the pads harder against the rim, even if you are trying to modulate the pressure with your hand on the lever.”
“Dietary berries and ellagic acid prevent oxidative DNA damage and modulate expression of DNA repair genes.”
“Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is primarily an inability to modulate (manage), the emotion, this which means that all emotions are more intense than the average person – especially the negative effects.”
““The more you can modulate emotions, the more you can cope with life events,” Bonanno explains.”
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