- 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