[ moj-uh-ley-ter ]
/ ˈmɒdʒ əˌleɪ tər /


a person or thing that modulates.
Telecommunications. a device for modulating a carrier wave.

Nearby words

  1. modular arithmetic,
  2. modularity,
  3. modularize,
  4. modulate,
  5. modulation,
  6. modulatory,
  7. module,
  8. modulo,
  9. modulus,
  10. modulus of elasticity

Origin of modulator

1490–1500; < Latin modulātor; see modulate, -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for modulator



c.1500, from Latin modulator, literally "one who modulates" in various senses (e.g. "musical director"), agent noun from past participle stem of modulari (see modulation). Meaning "device that produces modulation of a wave" is from 1919.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper