modulate

play
verb mod·u·late \ˈmä-jə-ˌlāt\

Definition of modulate

modulated

modulating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to tune to a key or pitch

  3. 2 :  to adjust to or keep in proper measure or proportion :  temper

  4. 3 :  to vary the amplitude, frequency, or phase of (a carrier wave or a light wave) for the transmission of information (as by radio); also :  to vary the velocity of electrons in an electron beam

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to play or sing with modulation

  7. 2 :  to pass from one musical key into another by means of intermediary chords or notes that have some relation to both keys

  8. 3 :  to pass gradually from one state to another

modulator

play \-ˌlā-tər\ noun

modulatory

play \-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\ adjective

Examples of modulate in a sentence

  1. Because she doesn't modulate her voice, she sounds the same when she's excited as when she's sad.

  2. The music quickly modulates from its original key, changing the mood of the song.

Origin and Etymology of modulate

Latin modulatus, past participle of modulari to play, sing, from modulus small measure, rhythm, diminutive of modus measure — more at mete


First Known Use: 1615


MODULATE Defined for English Language Learners

modulate

play
verb mod·u·late \ˈmä-jə-ˌlāt\

Definition of modulate for English Language Learners

  • : to change the sound of (your voice) by making it quieter, higher, lower, etc.

  • music : to move gradually from one key to another

  • : to change or adjust (something) so that it exists in a balanced or proper amount


Medical Dictionary

modulate

play
transitive verb mod·u·late \ˈmäj-ə-ˌlāt\

Medical Definition of modulate

modulated

;

modulating

  1. :  to adjust to or keep in proper measure or proportion <modulate an immune response> <modulate cell activity>

modulatory

\-lə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\play adjective

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