verb (used with object), mod·u·lat·ed, mod·u·lat·ing.
- to attune to a certain pitch or key.
- to vary the volume of (tone).
verb (used without object), mod·u·lat·ed, mod·u·lat·ing.
- to modulate a carrier wave.
- Citizens Band Radio Slang.to talk; visit: Enjoyed modulating with you.
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Contemporary Examples of modulate
Previously, the medical community had known little about how to prevent or modulate this devastating liver disease.Can Coffee Save Your Life?
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Historical Examples of modulate
Is there a curve in it which I can modulate—a line which I can graduate—a vacancy I can fill?Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
To keep back the glances that could enlighten; to modulate the tones that might betray!
To keep back the glances that could enlighten, to modulate the tones that might betray!
There is a point in the mad scene where it is easy to modulate into the key of G major.The Complete Opera Book
This mirror is not the real organ of sound, but is supposed to modulate it.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. II (of 4)
- to subject to or undergo modulation in music
- (often foll by to)to make or become in tune (with a pitch, key, etc)
Word Origin for modulate
1610s, in music, back-formation from modulation, or else from Latin modulatus, past participle of modulari. General sense from 1620s. In telecommunications from 1908. Related: Modulated; modulating.