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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The tire-and-wheel module consists of three core components. Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver, "Goodyear’s New Concept Tire Has Living Moss Inside—Really," 7 Mar. 2018 Want a new module or a lunar lander added to the mix? Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Riled Up About Being Left Behind in Space," 10 Oct. 2018 On top of all that, a new automated module assembly line, shipped in from Germany, is being completed at the company's Nevada Gigafactory, where Model 3 batteries are made. Russ Mitchell,, "No fooling: Time for Elon Musk to explain why bankruptcy's not in the cards for Tesla," 30 Apr. 2018 Our goal was to gamify the music business in a way that's fun but educational while at the same time creating a real life module that simulates an authentic artist experience. Megan Armstrong, Billboard, "Meet the Childhood Friends Looking to Gamify the Music Industry With 'World Famous' Mobile App," 27 Apr. 2018 Other additions will be an airlock to allow for spacewalks and a logistics module to allow for cargo resupply. Richard Tribou,, "NASA to make orbiting lunar base decision in early 2019," 24 Apr. 2018 Jonathan Foster pointed out a wi-fi module that allows them to open and close an inside door remotely from their cell phones. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Food Policy Council of San Antonio sponsors chicken coop tour," 14 Apr. 2018 The intermediate school received two grants, totaling $750, for an immersive learning game to be shared through the library, and a virtual reality module. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Killingly Teachers Receive FOLK Awards," 28 Mar. 2018 Up Next is designed to dock with a flight module being developed by Airbus. Sean Szymkowski, Fox News, "Audi joins Italdesign and Airbus on Pop.Up autonomous flying car project," 9 Mar. 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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