[ moj-uh-ley-shuhn, mod-yuh- ]
See synonyms for modulation on
  1. the act of modulating.

  2. the state of being modulated.

  1. Music. transition from one key to another.

  2. Grammar.

    • 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

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin modulātiōn- (stem of modulātiō) rhythmical measure. See modulate, -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for modulation


/ (ˌmɒdjʊˈleɪʃən) /

  1. the act of modulating or the condition of being modulated

  2. music the transition from one key to another

  1. grammar

  2. electrical engineering

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