mod·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌmä-jə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce modulation (audio) \

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

Examples of modulation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The service, ostensibly for gamers, has grown into a tool for white nationalists because of its lack of content modulation. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "A theater of propaganda: The Capitol, cameras and selfies," 11 Jan. 2021 Hydraulic have better stopping power and modulation with less hand force at the lever and are more reliable with less maintenance. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "How Much Should You Spend on a Gravel Bike?," 19 Dec. 2020 The brakes are massive — 14.3-inch front/13.8 rear — with plenty of stopping power and easy pedal modulation. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Land Rover Defender challenges Wrangler, Bronco with new looks, tech," 27 Nov. 2020 Imperial College’s interim analysis included data from the first 303 patients randomly assigned to receive immune-modulation treatments. Marthe Fourcade,, "Roche’s Actemra Helps Critically Ill Covid Patients in Test," 19 Nov. 2020 Second gear is good for 63 mph, which is perfect for the tight corners of Latigo Canyon Drive, where the Elantra N shows impressive grip, a firm brake pedal with good modulation, steering clarity, and serious pace. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2022 Hyundai Elantra N Prototype Knows How to Hustle," 16 Nov. 2020 Therapeutic Solutions International is focused on immune modulation for the treatment of several diseases. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, Nov. 5," 5 Nov. 2020 Again, there’s no variety, there’s no modulation of it. Washington Post, "Andy Cohen on Trump and Real Housewives comparisons: ‘I was offended on behalf of the Housewives’," 26 Oct. 2020 Quick launches required some throttle modulation to keep the Ram from spinning its tires and burrowing into the sand on the spot. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Ram 1500 TRX vs. 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of modulation

1501, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of modulation was in 1501

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“Modulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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mod·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌmäj-ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce modulation (audio) \

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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