- 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.
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Example sentences 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.
He sat up in bed; the sound was tragical by distance, and the modulation appealed to his ear like human speech.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI|Robert Louis Stevenson
It is wonderful to hear the infinite variety of modulation which a Swede gives to these two insignificant syllables.
This is their modulation to the dominant, their awakening to life.Castellinaria|Henry Festing Jones
I succeeded in the recitative; it was well accented, full of energy and excellent modulation.The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete|Jean Jacques Rousseau
He speaks it, too, with such melody and modulation as he can; “in homely rustic jingle;” but it is his own, and genuine.Life of Robert Burns|Thomas Carlyle
British Dictionary definitions for modulation
- another word for intonation (def. 1)
- the grammatical expression of modality