# modulus

[moj-uh-luh s]

- Physics. a coefficient pertaining to a physical property.
- Mathematics.
- that number by which the logarithms in one system are multiplied to yield the logarithms in another.
- a quantity by which two given quantities can be divided to yield the same remainders.
- absolute value.

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## Origin of modulus

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### Historical Examples of modulus

That least distance is called by Moseley the modulus of stability.

Here λ and μ are constants, each being a modulus of elasticity.

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Young's modulus is employed in the cases of stretching and bending.

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An ear but moderately learned in that language cannot be deceived as to the rate and modulus of the suffering which it indicates.

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It will be observed that in the first process the value of the modulus is in fact calculated from the formula.

## modulus

- physics a coefficient expressing a specified property of a specified substanceSee bulk modulus, modulus of rigidity, Young's modulus
- maths the absolute value of a complex numberSee absolute value
- maths the number by which a logarithm to one base is multiplied to give the corresponding logarithm to another base
- maths an integer that can be divided exactly into the difference between two other integers7 is a modulus of 25 and 11 See also congruence (def. 2)

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## Word Origin for modulus

C16: from Latin, diminutive of modus measure

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## modulus

[mŏj′ə-ləs]

- A number by which two given numbers can be divided and produce the same remainder.
- The numerical length of the vector that represents a complex number. For a complex number a + bi, the modulus is the square root of (a2 + b2).
- The number by which a logarithm to one base must be multiplied to obtain the corresponding logarithm to another base.

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