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 However, stacking multiple lens elements on top of each other requires more vertical space inside the camera module. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, "A New Lens Technology Is Primed to Jump-Start Phone Cameras," 4 Feb. 2021 Rather than a floating rectangular or square array in the top left corner, like the iPhone or previous Galaxy phones, the camera module on the S21 is less of a bump and more of a bulge, seamlessly extending from the metal side frame. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung's new Galaxy S21 lineup chooses refinement over reinvention," 14 Jan. 2021 This year, however, Apple gave its flagship iPhone an improved camera module with a main sensor that’s 50 percent larger than its siblings. Popular Science, "The best new photography gear of the year," 26 Dec. 2020 While bifacial was considered a niche product, the tariffs had encouraged some new solar manufacturing in the U.S., and module imports exempt from those duties posed a threat. Brian Eckhouse,, "Trump Thwarted in Latest Bid to Kill Solar-Tariff Loophole," 24 Oct. 2020 The Access module, which needs an ethernet connection to operate, receives that data and sends it to your phone, tablet, and computer. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "Become Your Own Meteorologist with a Home Weather Station," 4 Jan. 2021 NuScale claimed yesterday its reactors can generate 77 megawatts of electricity per module, compared to the current expectation of 60 megawatts, a 25% increase in energy output. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Big oil CEOs have come to terms with a Biden administration," 11 Nov. 2020 Each module is made up of 3.6 miles of electrical conductor segments and wrapped with six layers of insulating tape totaling more than 180 miles. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "General Atomics wins $3.3M contract to assist in nuclear fusion project in France," 6 Nov. 2020 Peoria Public Schools in Illinois recently came under fire for a question on an Acellus module that asked school kindergartners to label families. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "'Inappropriate and racist content': Some schools cancel online curriculum Acellus as COVID-19 back to school kicks off," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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“Module.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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