mod·​ule ˈmä-(ˌ)jül How to pronounce module (audio)
: a standard or unit of measurement
: the size of some one part taken as a unit of measure by which the proportions of an architectural composition are regulated
: any in a series of standardized units for use together: such as
: a unit of furniture or architecture
: an educational unit which covers a single subject or topic
: a usually packaged functional assembly of electronic components for use with other such assemblies
the subwoofer module
: an independently operable unit that is a part of the total structure of a space vehicle
: a subset of an additive group that is also a group under addition
: 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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Word History


Latin modulus

First Known Use

circa 1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of module was circa 1628

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“Module.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


mod·​ule ˈmäj-ü(ə)l How to pronounce module (audio)
: any in a series of similar units for use together
: a usually packaged collection of parts (as for an electronic device)
: an independent unit of a space vehicle
a propulsion module

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