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 During a second spacewalk, on April 28, the cosmonaut pair will remove thermal blankets used to protect the robotic arm when it was launched last year along with the Nauka module. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 18 Apr. 2022 Before the end of the 2020s, this module and others subsequently launched by Axiom would break off and become an independent, private space station. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 8 Apr. 2022 Dealers will inspect the module and repair or replace it if needed. CBS News, 1 Apr. 2022 In 1996, a $300,000 gas analyzer went up with the Russian space module, Priorda. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2022 These vehicles may be equipped with an incorrect front driver's air bag module. USA TODAY, 1 Mar. 2022 In the summer of 1975, an Apollo module and a Soyuz capsule docked together in orbit, the first international astronaut mission in history and a show of détente between the superpowers. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 27 Feb. 2022 These vehicles may be equipped with an incorrect front driver's air bag module. Detroit Free Press, 25 Feb. 2022 After entering space, the cargo ship with the module went into orbit., 29 Nov. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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