- 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.
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.
The gradation and modulation of the blue, indeed, even the quality of the blue itself, are all better in the later pieces.Chats on Oriental China|J. F. Blacker
There is a full close in that key, and then modulation to F.The Pianoforte Sonata|J.S. Shedlock
His gestures, his expression, the modulation of his voice, pointed and explained his spoken words.Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2)|Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
The modulation from C sharp minor to D major and back again (after the cadenza) is very striking and equally beautiful.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician|Frederick Niecks
The bridge-passage has to be correspondingly changed, for now the modulation is between two themes both in the same key.Music: An Art and a Language|Walter Raymond Spalding
British Dictionary definitions for modulation
- another word for intonation (def. 1)
- the grammatical expression of modality
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.