[ moj-uh-ley-ter ]


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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of modulator1

1490–1500; < Latin modulātor; modulate, -tor

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Example Sentences

In 2014, the WADA initially listed the drug as a banned stimulant, but it’s now categorized as a “hormone and metabolic modulator.”

Since 2014, the World Anti-Doping Agency has listed trimetazidine as a metabolic modulator for that reason, since it can give athletes an unfair chemical advantage.

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So researchers are exploring everything from glutamate modulators and stimulants to cannabinoids and psilocybin.

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For this reason a magnetic modulator is the cheapest in the long run.

The magnetic modulator is described and pictured in this chapter.

The boys can all read from the Sol-fa modulator, and Mr. Breden gives them ear-tests.

In this latter figure you will notice a small air-core coil, LR, between the oscillator and the modulator tube.

That is, it has too little impedance to act like LA and so it permits the modulator to vary the output of the oscillator.