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 The key was that each module used an exquisitely sensitive microwave communications system to keep a precise record of tiny changes in their 137-mile orbital gap. Jon Gertner, Scientific American, "How a New Wave of Orbiting Sentinels Is Changing Climate Science," 6 Jan. 2020 Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani on July 17 tampered with the air data module system of American Airlines Flight 2834, which was scheuled to fly to Nassau, Bahamas with more than 150 people aboard.. Matthias Gafni,, "California man pleads guilty to sabotaging American Airlines flight," 18 Dec. 2019 From versatile lingerie dresses to oversized hoodies, each Fenty drop continues to live within its inclusivity module. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Fenty Releases A Soft Drop Just In Time For The Holidays," 12 Nov. 2019 The week before, on Dec. 4, NASA launched its first module to the orbiting platform that would eventually become the International Space Station. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Impeachment is threatening to derail Trump’s mission to the moon," 21 Oct. 2019 Alani glued the foam inside the tube leading from the outside of the plane to its air data module, federal prosecutors allege. Fox News, "American Airlines mechanic allegedly tampered with plane in Miami to delay or cancel flight," 6 Sep. 2019 In this case, Wouters says, Tesla is again pushing a security update to its keyless entry modules. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Hackers Could Steal a Tesla Model S by Cloning Its Key Fob—Again," 27 Aug. 2019 On November 19, the landing module, Intrepid, headed into a crater and safely touched down. Timothy Swindle, The Conversation, "Apollo 12: Fifty years ago, a passionate scientist’s keen eye led to the first pinpoint landing on the Moon," 12 Nov. 2019 If the world’s moral compass sometimes seems askew, these policymakers, administrators, and HR departments have fixes aplenty – seminars and webinars, podcasts and programs, learning modules, curricula, and handbooks. Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, "The Ten: The Commandments as a moral source code in modern life," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of module was circa 1628

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16 Jan 2020

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“Module.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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) \

Kids Definition of module

: a part of a space vehicle that can work alone

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