module

noun
mod·​ule | \ ˈmä-(ˌ)jül How to pronounce module (audio) \

Definition of module

1 : a standard or unit of measurement
2 : the size of some one part taken as a unit of measure by which the proportions of an architectural composition are regulated
3a : any in a series of standardized units for use together: such as
(1) : a unit of furniture or architecture
(2) : an educational unit which covers a single subject or topic
b : a usually packaged functional assembly of electronic components for use with other such assemblies the subwoofer module
4 : an independently operable unit that is a part of the total structure of a space vehicle
5a : a subset of an additive group that is also a group under addition
b : a mathematical set that is a commutative group under addition and that is closed under multiplication which is distributive from the left or right or both by elements of a ring and for which a(bx) = (ab)x or (xb)a = x(ba) or both where a and b are elements of the ring and x belongs to the set

Examples of module in a Sentence

factories that build engines, transmissions, brakes, and other modules for cars a memory module for storing information

Recent Examples on the Web

Google’s official reveal of the Pixel 4’s design confirmed the leaks: much like Apple’s rumored iPhone 11, the Pixel 4 is set to feature a massive, square-shaped camera module on the back. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Google and Apple are ushering in an era of ugly square phone cameras," 12 June 2019 Two Chandrayaan modules — an orbiter and a lander — will be stacked together inside a launch vehicle equipped to lift heavy satellites into orbit. Saritha Rai / Bloomberg, Time, "India Plans to Launch Moon Mission in July," 12 June 2019 With spidery legs and a chunky profile, the module, dubbed Spider, was all function, no form — the ideal machine to land on the moon. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Travel With Apollo 9 As They Launch to Space 50 Years Ago," 1 Mar. 2019 Thus, Intel could deliver nominally 10nm CPUs, which will nonetheless have various 14nm and 22nm chiplet modules within them (as shown in the graphic below). Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Intel unveils Foveros 3D chip stacking and new 10nm ‘chiplets’," 12 Dec. 2018 The decision was not received well by China, which produces 65 percent of the world’s solar modules. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "A timeline of how the U.S.-China trade war led us to this ‘code red’ situation," 5 July 2018 The specs call for numerous different pressurized modules all strung together to create a home and laboratory for space research. Loren Grush, The Verge, "This is Lockheed Martin’s idea for a reusable lander that carries people and cargo to the Moon," 3 Oct. 2018 Better yet, Optane Memory modules fit into budget builds, costing just $33 for a 16GB drive or $60 for a 32GB cache on Amazon. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Intel's Optane Memory finally supports Celeron and Pentium budget PCs that need the most boost," 1 Apr. 2019 There’s the Basic Besk, a three-module chair consisting of a back rest, seat, and foot rest, that’s meant to mimic the position of sitting up in bed with a laptop. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "At last, a furniture collection designed to mimic working from bed," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of module

circa 1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for module

Latin modulus

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module

noun

English Language Learners Definition of module

: one of a set of parts that can be connected or combined to build or complete something
: a part of a computer or computer program that does a particular job
: a part of a space vehicle that can work alone

module

noun
mod·​ule | \ ˈmä-ˌjül How to pronounce module (audio) \

Kids Definition of module

: a part of a space vehicle that can work alone

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