mo·​dem | \ ˈmō-dəm How to pronounce modem (audio) also -ˌdem How to pronounce modem (audio) \
plural modems

Definition of modem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a device that converts signals produced by one type of device (such as a computer) to a form compatible with another (such as a telephone) and that is used especially to transmit and receive information between computers via landlines


modemed; modeming; modems

Definition of modem (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to send (something, such as data) via a modem

Examples of modem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These chips also have a modem that has all the radio-frequency bands necessary to work anywhere in the world. Wired, 20 July 2022 Earlier this year, Qualcomm announced its flagship modem, called the Snapdragon X70. Christian De Looper, BGR, 10 May 2022 Internet connectivity by connecting to a fiber Internet modem or hooking up to a high bandwidth device such as a shared network storage drive. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Before long, dozens of engineers with expertise in modem design were working for Apple in Cupertino. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 28 June 2022 The modem and router will be paid off in 21 months. Globe Staff,, 4 July 2022 Some drives are called NAS (network attached storage), which plug into your router or modem or join via Wi-Fi, kind of like your own private cloud. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 Plug your computer directly into your router via Ethernet, or connect directly broadband modem. Eric Griffith, PCMAG, 17 June 2022 Gen 1 — like the ability to capture 8K KDR video, the Snapdragon X65 modem that supports 5G, and more. Christian De Looper, BGR, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of modem


circa 1952, in the meaning defined above


1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for modem


modulator + demodulator

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“Modem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for modem


mo·​dem | \ ˈmō-dəm How to pronounce modem (audio) , -ˌdem \

Kids Definition of modem

: a device that changes electrical signals from one form to another and is used especially to send or receive computer data over a telephone line

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