in·​ter·​mod·​u·​la·​tion ˌin-tər-ˌmä-jə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce intermodulation (audio)
: the production in an electrical device of currents having frequencies equal to the sums and differences of frequencies supplied to the device or of their harmonics

Examples of intermodulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, through a series of simulations, Yan showed that an effect known as intermodulation distortion could have produced the AP sound. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Mar. 2018 Very low harmonic and intermodulation distortion. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Crucially, this would explain why some victims heard a noise and others did not, as intermodulation distortion is highly localized. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intermodulation was in 1931

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“Intermodulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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