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modem

noun mo·dem \ ˈmō-dəm also -ˌdem \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of modem

plural modems
: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

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Origin and Etymology of modem

modulator + demodulator

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modem

verb

Definition of modem

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

First Known Use of modem

1984

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MODEM Defined for English Language Learners

modem

noun

Definition of modem for English Language Learners

  • : a device that changes the form of electric signals so that information can be sent through telephone lines from one computer to another computer


MODEM Defined for Kids

modem

noun mo·dem \ ˈmō-dəm , -ˌdem \

Definition of modem for Students

: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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