modulate
verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Latin modulatus, past participle of modulari to play, sing, from modulus small measure, rhythm, diminutive of modus measure — more at mete Date: 1615 transitive verb 1. to tune to a key or pitch 2. to adjust to or keep in proper measure or proportion ; temper 3. to vary the amplitude, frequency, or phase of (a carrier wave or a light wave) for the transmission of information (as by radio); also to vary the velocity of electrons in an electron beam intransitive verb 1. to play or sing with modulation 2. to pass from one musical key into another by means of intermediary chords or notes that have some relation to both keys 3. to pass gradually from one state to another • modulator nounmodulatory adjective

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  • Modulate — Mod u*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Modulated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Modulating}.] [L. modulatus, p. p. of modulari to measure, to modulate, fr. modulus a small measure, meter, melody, dim. of modus. See {Mode}.] 1. To form, as sound, to a certain key,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Modulate — Mod u*late, v. i. (Mus.) To pass from one key into another. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • modulate — index adapt, alleviate, alter, change, lessen, limit, obtund, palliate (abate) …   Law dictionary

  • modulate — (v.) 1610s, in music, back formation from MODULATION (Cf. modulation), or else from L. modulatus, pp. of modulari. General sense from 1620s. In telecommunications from 1908. Related: Modulated; modulating …   Etymology dictionary

  • modulate — [v] adjust, harmonize attune, balance, fine tune, inflect, regulate, restrain, revamp, switch, temper, tone, transmogrify, tune, tweak, vary; concept 202 Ant. leave alone …   New thesaurus

  • modulate — ► VERB 1) exert a controlling influence on; regulate. 2) vary the strength, tone, or pitch of (one s voice). 3) adjust the amplitude or frequency of (an oscillation or signal). 4) Music change from one key to another. DERIVATIVES modulation noun… …   English terms dictionary

  • modulate — [mäj′ə lāt΄] vt. modulated, modulating [< L modulatus, pp. of modulari, to regulate, measure off, arrange < modulus, dim. of modus: see MODE] 1. to regulate, adjust, or adapt to the proper degree 2. to vary the pitch, intensity, etc. of… …   English World dictionary

  • Modulate — Infobox Album | Name = Modulate Type = Album Artist = Bob Mould Released = March 12, 2002 Recorded = Genre = Alternative Length = Label = Granary Music Producer = Bob Mould Reviews = * Allmusic Guide Rating|2|5… …   Wikipedia

  • modulate — [[t]mɒ̱ʤʊleɪt[/t]] modulates, modulating, modulated 1) VERB If you modulate your voice or a sound, you change or vary its loudness, pitch, or tone in order to create a particular effect. [WRITTEN] [V n] He carefully modulated his voice. [Also V]… …   English dictionary

  • modulate — UK [ˈmɒdjʊleɪt] / US [ˈmɑdʒəˌleɪt] verb Word forms modulate : present tense I/you/we/they modulate he/she/it modulates present participle modulating past tense modulated past participle modulated 1) [intransitive/transitive] formal to change… …   English dictionary

  • modulate — modulability /moj euh leuh bil i tee/, n. modulative, modulatory /moj euh leuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /moj euh layt /, v., modulated, modulating. v.t. 1. to regulate by or adjust to a certain measure or proportion; soften; tone down. 2. to alter …   Universalium

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