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 In the coming months, China plans additional launches to send cargo and crew to the Tianhe module, including the other two core modules that will form the bulk of the space station. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "China Advances Space Station Ambition With Module Launch," 29 Apr. 2021 The core module, currently the largest spacecraft developed by China, was launched into low earth orbit by a Long March-5B rocket, marking the first step of China's efforts to build its own station in two years. Katie Hunt, CNN, "China successfully launches first module of planned space station," 29 Apr. 2021 Sony explains in its announcement that the Reon Pocket 2 features enhanced cooling and warming thanks to a newly design circuit that allows for more power to be delivered to the thermo module. Chris Smith, BGR, "Sony’s wearable air conditioner makes more sense than ever," 22 Apr. 2021 Visiting astronauts and cargo spaceships will hook up to the core module from opposite ends. Ling Xin, Scientific American, "China to Launch First Module of Massive Space Station," 21 Apr. 2021 The Ford bulletin said the problem may be related to the powertrain control module. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "All-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E goes to sleep and won't wake up, Ford confirms," 9 Apr. 2021 In a previous statement, NASA wrote that there had been several structural updates and improvements to the crew module and noted that data from the 2021 tests would be included in final computer modeling. Julia Musto, Fox News, "NASA's Orion capsule begins new water drop tests," 27 Mar. 2021 An optional greenhouse unit can be added to the basic living module to provide a substantial part of the food needed. Jim Dobson, Forbes, "Outrageous Designs For Nomadic Living In A Post-Pandemic World," 18 Mar. 2021 The larger module, titled ‘Producing the Record,’ takes a closer view at the key elements that go into the creation of a final musical product from the lens of a producer, including songwriting, marketing, the song split and more. Josh Glicksman, Billboard, "Billboard and NYU Partnership Program 'Music Industry Essentials' Adds 360-Degree Tour of Famed Beastie Boys Studio," 14 Apr. 2021

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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 10 May. 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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