mod·ule | \ˈmä-(ˌ)jül \

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

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But over the past two decades, those processes have changed repeatedly, and many of those modules are no longer used. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Baltimore’s police department is a technological disaster," 29 June 2018 The card has a dozen of Micron’s GDDR6 memory modules installed, and no existing GPUs support this new memory yet. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1180 could be unveiled next month," 2 July 2018 News-event pages will appear as suggestions in modules at the top of the newsfeed, in search results and in push notifications. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "Twitter Has More News It Thinks You Want to Follow," 13 June 2018 Soon fans were starting quests to find more of the modules. Jim Mclauchlin, WIRED, "The Secret History of the Racy Module That Almost Ruined D&D," 12 June 2018 The timing side channels allow the attacks to deduce information about the bits' location in the module. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Drive-by Rowhammer attack uses GPU to compromise an Android phone," 3 May 2018 The Limited and Touring grades get an upgrade: each headlamp is made up of thin lighting modules — one for low beam, another for high beam and the third serves as an adaptive LED cornering lamp and auxiliary turn signal. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Toyota’s all-new 2019 Avalon hits dealerships in May," 28 Apr. 2018 In general, the modules record brief snapshots of data while a vehicle is traveling. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "The wreckage speaks: Evidence, experience point investigators toward conclusion in fatal Olney crash," 13 Mar. 2018 On ballistic missile submarines, food is lowered through the escape trunk opening by crane in aluminum modules measuring six by six by five feet. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Food on a U.S. Submarine," 5 Jan. 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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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


mod·ule | \ˈmä-ˌjül \

Kids Definition of module

: a part of a space vehicle that can work alone

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