frequency modulation


: modulation of the frequency of the carrier wave in accordance with speech or a signal
also : fm

Examples of frequency modulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some companies are working on a more complex approach called continuous-wave frequency modulation. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, 1 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frequency modulation was in 1922

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“Frequency modulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

frequency modulation

: variation of the frequency of the carrier wave according to the strength of the audio or video signal
also : the system of broadcasting using this method of modulation
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