verb (used with object), mod·u·lat·ed, mod·u·lat·ing.
- to attune to a certain pitch or key.
- to vary the volume of (tone).
verb (used without object), mod·u·lat·ed, mod·u·lat·ing.
- to modulate a carrier wave.
- Citizens Band Radio Slang. to talk; visit: Enjoyed modulating with you.
Origin of modulate
Examples from the Web for modulatory
The fabric is made up of effective changes, modulatory and rhythmic, in the material from the first part.
It abounds in modulatory changes and expresses, throughout, the note of mystical exaltation so prominent in Franck's nature.
The essential character of this, as of the prelude in C minor (396 K.), is modulatory.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3)|Otto Jahn
British Dictionary definitions for modulatory
- to subject to or undergo modulation in music
- (often foll by to) to make or become in tune (with a pitch, key, etc)
Word Origin for modulate
Word Origin and History for modulatory
1610s, in music, back-formation from modulation, or else from Latin modulatus, past participle of modulari. General sense from 1620s. In telecommunications from 1908. Related: Modulated; modulating.