modem

noun
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

modem

verb
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

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Separately, Samsung is developing its own 5G modem, the Exynos 5100, which will presumably be used for international 5G variants of the Galaxy S10 based around Exynos processors. Sam Byford, The Verge, "A 5G Samsung phone will come to Verizon by June," 3 Dec. 2018 Customers who fit those categories will get $75 back, with an additional $75 to the roughly 150,000 customers who rented an inadequate modem for 24 months or more. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Charter-Spectrum reaches $174.2 million settlement in New York AG’s speed fraud lawsuit," 18 Dec. 2018 The first wave of 5G-capable phones will include Qualcomm’s 855 processor paired with the company’s separate X50 5G modem chip. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's next Snapdragon chip suggests 2020 really will be the year of 5G phones," 25 Feb. 2019 Also likely on board will be a 5G modem, according to a recent Bloomberg report. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors: It won't have a notch but it might have... a hole?," 13 Nov. 2018 An early focus is on home broadband: Verizon, for instance, will offer modems like D-Link’s 5G NR Enhanced Gateway that catch nearby 5G signal and convert it into Wi-Fi, so your existing devices can make use of it. David Pierce, WSJ, "From Wi-Fi to Bluetooth to 5G, All Your Wireless Is About to Change," 27 Jan. 2019 But Intel blamed China, weakness in cloud-computing customers, a weakened modem market, and an inability to manufacture enough processors as reasons the company’s revenues did not meet expectations. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel addresses processor shortages, CEO hunt after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter results," 24 Jan. 2019 The case centers around Apple’s accusation that Qualcomm is illegally taking a cut of each iPhone sold with Qualcomm’s modem technology inside; Qualcomm alleges that Apple stole trade secrets and gave them to Intel. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Trump and Xi Jinping reach a temporary trade-war truce," 3 Dec. 2018 The ruling marks the latest salvo in the increasingly escalating battle between Qualcomm and Apple, launched almost two years ago when Apple first accused Qualcomm of gouging prices for its modem chips. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Apple will pull older iPhones from its German stores after Qualcomm wins partial ban," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of modem

Noun

circa 1952, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for modem

Noun

modulator + demodulator

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modem

noun

English Language Learners Definition of modem

: 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

noun
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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