- an electronic device that makes possible the transmission of data to or from a computer via telephone or other communication lines.
- to send or receive (information, data, or the like) via a modem.
Origin of modem
Examples from the Web for modem
It seems a paltry acknowledgment of the man who created the modem Congress.Memo: The Aaron Sorkin Model of Political Discourse Doesn't Actually Work
April 23, 2013
What's more, the 3.1 upgrade finally kills the iPhone's ability to be tethered to computers and used as a modem.iPhone's Bad Business
September 18, 2009
I published a few book on the Internet and they can be freely downloaded by anyone who has a computer or a modem.After the Rain
My son has agreed to give his daughter to the Prince of Modem, at which I very sincerely rejoice.The Memoirs of the Louis XIV. and The Regency, Complete
Elizabeth-Charlotte, Duchesse d'Orleans
The modem reader may form his own estimate of the poet's art, and that estimate will probably not be high.Four Arthurian Romances
- computing a device for connecting two computers by a telephone line, consisting of a modulator that converts computer signals into audio signals and a corresponding demodulator
Word Origin and History for modem
"device to convert digital signals to analog and vice versa," 1958, coined from first elements of modulator + demodulator.
- A device for transmitting and receiving digital data over telephone wires. Modems send data by converting it into audio signals and receive it by converting audio signals back into digital form. The speed at which modems transmit data is measured in bps (bits per second).
A device that links a personal computer to a telephone line, so that the computer can receive information from other computers.