- to regulate by or adjust to a certain measure or proportion; soften; tone down.
- to alter or adapt (the voice) according to the circumstances, one's listener, etc.
- to attune to a certain pitch or key.
- to vary the volume of (tone).
- Telecommunications. to cause the amplitude, frequency, phase, or intensity of (a carrier wave) to vary in accordance with a sound wave or other signal, the frequency of the signal wave usually being very much lower than that of the carrier.
- to modulate a carrier wave.
- Citizens Band Radio Slang.to talk; visit: Enjoyed modulating with you.
- Music. to pass from one key to another: to modulate abruptly from A to B flat.
Origin of modulate
Synonyms for modulate
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Historical Examples of modulatory
The essential character of this, as of the prelude in C minor (396 K.), is modulatory.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3)
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.
- (tr) to change the tone, pitch, or volume of
- (tr) to adjust or regulate the degree of
- to subject to or undergo modulation in music
- (often foll by to)to make or become in tune (with a pitch, key, etc)
- (tr) physics electronics to cause to vary by a process of modulation
Word Origin for modulate
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.
- To vary the amplitude, frequency, or some other characteristic of a signal or power source. See also amplitude modulation frequency modulation.