- the act of modulating.
- the state of being modulated.
- Music. transition from one key to another.
- the use of a particular distribution of stress or pitch in a construction, as the use of rising pitch on here in John is here?
- the feature of a construction resulting from such use.
Origin of modulation
Examples from the Web for modulation
They are groping for some modulation, some way to translate complicated moral intuitions into rules a society can live by.How to End the Abortion Wars
August 20, 2012
If we may take him at his word Arnold Schoenberg has a system of modulation.The Merry-Go-Round
Carl Van Vechten
Her modulation of grief, in her plaintive pronunciation of the interjection, Oh!Venice Preserved
This is their modulation to the dominant, their awakening to life.Castellinaria
Henry Festing Jones
The modulation into an easy-going friendship was not difficult for these young people.Painted Veils
We note this modulation particularly in Pellas and Mlisande.Iconoclasts
- the act of modulating or the condition of being modulated
- music the transition from one key to another
- another word for intonation (def. 1)
- the grammatical expression of modality
- electrical engineering
Word Origin and History for modulation
late 14c., "act of singing or making music," from Old French modulation "act of making music" (14c.), or directly from Latin modulationem (nominative modulatio) "rhythmical measure, singing and playing, melody," noun of action from past participle stem of modulari "regulate, measure off properly, measure rhythmically; play, play upon," from modulus (see module). Meaning "act of regulating according to measure or proportion" is from 1530s. Musical sense of "action of process of changing key" is first recorded 1690s.
- The functional and morphological fluctuation of cells in response to changing environmental conditions.
- The variation of a property in an electromagnetic wave or signal, such as amplitude, frequency, or phase.