modulation

noun
mod·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌmä-jə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of modulation

1 : an inflection of the tone or pitch of the voice specifically : the use of stress or pitch to convey meaning
2 : a regulating according to measure or proportion : tempering
3 : a change from one musical key to another by modulating
4 : the process of modulating a carrier or signal (as in radio) also : the result of this process

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Each data stream still needs to have independent modulation to encode the data, so there is no saving in power there. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "661Tbps through a single optical fiber: The mind boggles," 1 Aug. 2018 However, the color impurity induced by modulation is enough to prevent the isolator from doing its job. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Spinning glass ball rejects light from one direction," 27 June 2018 Heat modulation proves the secret to good grilling: Use enough for flavor, perfect texture and browning, but not so much that food tastes burnt or acrid. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Heat modulation proves the secret to good grilling: Use enough for flavor, perfect texture and browning, but not so much that food tastes burnt or acrid. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Heat modulation proves the secret to good grilling: Use enough for flavor, perfect texture and browning, but not so much that food tastes burnt or acrid. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Heat modulation proves the secret to good grilling: Use enough for flavor, perfect texture and browning, but not so much that food tastes burnt or acrid. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Heat modulation proves the secret to good grilling: Use enough for flavor, perfect texture and browning, but not so much that food tastes burnt or acrid. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 Heat modulation proves the secret to good grilling: Use enough for flavor, perfect texture and browning, but not so much that food tastes burnt or acrid. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of modulation

1501, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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modulation

noun
mod·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌmäj-ə-ˈlā-shən \

Medical Definition of modulation

1 : the act or process of modulating
2 : a reversible change in histological structure due to physiological factors

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