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.
Origin of modulate
Examples from the Web for modulate
Previously, the medical community had known little about how to prevent or modulate this devastating liver disease.
She continued doggedly to fumble with dials and switches, trying to modulate it and raise the ship.Industrial Revolution|Poul William Anderson
Who speaks of eloquence or sacred song, But calls on Greece to modulate his tongue?The Columbiad|Joel Barlow
One should modulate the voice, my dear William, while breathing gently from the hips.The Red House Mystery|A. A. Milne
British Dictionary definitions for modulate
- 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
Word Origin and History 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.