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

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The vehicle needs to be engineered from the beginning to make room for the airbag module, inflators, sensors, and side sill designs. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Car Could Have Airbags That Inflate on the Outside," 15 Feb. 2019 It was built from 756 prefabricated convex oval concrete modules, which give the building its perfectly gridded facade. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This Brutalist masterpiece is now a gorgeous coworking space," 12 Dec. 2018 Sirius will use up to five modules here, depending on the length of the mission being performed. Elizabeth Howell,, "Touring Where the Mars-500 'Astronauts' Pretended to Take a Red Planet Journey," 11 July 2018 The interior immigration enforcement module, which includes the experiment, was fielded between September and November and includes 594 respondents. Tom K. Wong, Washington Post, "Sanctuary cities don’t ‘breed crime.’ They encourage people to report crime.," 24 Apr. 2018 The first planes to get this option, in 2020, will be Airbus’s A330s—airlines will be able to have their jets retrofitted with the modules, or buy new aircraft with them in place. David Meyer, Fortune, "Airbus Has a Solution to 17-Hour Flight Hell: Beds in the Cargo Hold," 11 Apr. 2018 Tuesday Cybersecurity Training: Webinar series, with 15 modules, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Small-business resources," 9 Feb. 2018 The module sections may comprise the entire building or only part of it—these homes can be quite large, completely customizable, and architecturally diverse. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "The Impressive Evolution Of Prefabricated Houses," 24 Dec. 2018 The apps checked for new ad commands as often as every 80 seconds and checked for new module downloads as often as every 10 minutes. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "22 apps with 2 million+ Google Play downloads had a malicious backdoor," 6 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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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 How to pronounce module (audio) \

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: a part of a space vehicle that can work alone

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