- to regulate by or adjust to a certain measure or proportion; soften; tone down.
- to alter or adapt (the voice) according to the circumstances, one's listener, etc.
- to attune to a certain pitch or key.
- to vary the volume of (tone).
- Telecommunications. to cause the amplitude, frequency, phase, or intensity of (a carrier wave) to vary in accordance with a sound wave or other signal, the frequency of the signal wave usually being very much lower than that of the carrier.
- to modulate a carrier wave.
- Citizens Band Radio Slang.to talk; visit: Enjoyed modulating with you.
- Music. to pass from one key to another: to modulate abruptly from A to B flat.
Origin of modulate
Synonyms for modulate
Related Words for modulatinginflect, balance, tone, tweak, fine-tune, vary, revamp, switch, restrain, transmogrify, attune, regulate, temper, tune
Examples from the Web for modulating
Contemporary Examples of modulating
Modulating your tone and positions is something you have to do when you live in a two-party state.Rick Scott & Rick Perry: A Tale of Two Ricks in Palm Beach
April 9, 2013
Historical Examples of modulating
"You will find two hundred dollars there," he adds, modulating his voice.An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
And I too, I have loved and have haunted the roofs, modulating the while the roll of my bass.A Tour Through The Pyrenees
Hippolyte Adolphe Taine
This test is made by modulating the voice, reducing it to a whisper.The Montessori Method
She leaned a little toward him, modulating her voice for his ear alone.The Salamander
Then modulating his voice in unison Kiau Sun began to chant.Kai Lung's Golden Hours
- (tr) to change the tone, pitch, or volume of
- (tr) to adjust or regulate the degree of
- to subject to or undergo modulation in music
- (often foll by to)to make or become in tune (with a pitch, key, etc)
- (tr) physics electronics to cause to vary by a process of modulation
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.
- To vary the amplitude, frequency, or some other characteristic of a signal or power source. See also amplitude modulation frequency modulation.