Definition of Modulate

1. Verb. Change the key of, in music. "They will modulate the duet"; "Modulate the melody"

Category relationships: Music
Generic synonyms: Play, Spiel
Derivative terms: Modulation

2. Verb. Vary the pitch of one's speech.
Exact synonyms: Inflect, Tone
Generic synonyms: Mouth, Speak, Talk, Utter, Verbalise, Verbalize
Derivative terms: Inflection, Inflection, Modulation, Modulation, Tone, Tone

3. Verb. Fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of. "Modulate the pitch"
Exact synonyms: Regulate
Generic synonyms: Adjust, Correct, Set
Derivative terms: Modulation, Regulator, Regulatory

4. Verb. Adjust the pitch, tone, or volume of.
Generic synonyms: Adjust, Correct, Set
Derivative terms: Modulation

5. Verb. Vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves).
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Vary
Derivative terms: Modulation

Definition of Modulate

1. v. t. To form, as sound, to a certain key, or to a certain portion.

2. v. i. To pass from one key into another.

Definition of Modulate

1. Verb. (transitive) To regulate, adjust or adapt ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To change the pitch, intensity or tone of one's voice or of a musical instrument ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) (electronics) to vary the amplitude, frequency or phase of a carrier wave in proportion to the amplitude etc of a source wave (such as speech or music) ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive music) to move from one key or tonality to another, especially by using a chord progression ¹

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Definition of Modulate

1. to adjust to a certain proportion [v -LATED, -LATING, -LATES]

Medical Definition of Modulate

1. 1. To form, as sound, to a certain key, or to a certain portion. 2. To vary or inflect in a natural, customary, or musical manner; as, the organs of speech modulate the voice in reading or speaking. "Could any person so modulate her voice as to deceive so many?" (Broome) Origin: L. Modulatus, p.p. Of modulari to measure, to modulate, fr. Modulus a small measure, meter, melody, dim. Of modus. See Mode. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Modulate

modulate (current term)
modulation transfer function

Literary usage of Modulate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Molecular Neurobiology: Proceedings of the 2nd NIMH Conference by Steven Zalcman (1995)
"In addition to acting on channels, G-protein-coupled pathways modulate exocytotic signaling. We are studying a case where a peptide agonist leads to release ..."

2. The Music of the Pilgrims: A Description of the Psalm-book Brought to by Waldo Selden Pratt, Henry Ainsworth (1921)
"... while those of t and c are elsewhere found only in 54^ and Sge respectively. Line * seems to modulate into the relative major. ..."

3. Practical Reflections on the Figurative Art of Singing by Giambattista Mancini (1912)
"CHAPTER VII THE PROPER WAT TO DRAW OUT THE VOICE, TO modulate AND TO PLACE IT IT happens very often that when nature has been generous in endowing some one ..."

4. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"Orig. a pp., as (o bend, bend in, modulate Ihe voice ; (in grammar) to vary the terminations. (L.) ' Somewhat inflected,' ie bent ; Sir T. Browne, Vulg. ..."

5. A Dictionary of English Synonymes and Synonymous Or Parallel Expressions by Richard Soule, George Holmes Howison (1891)
"modulate, va I. Attune, harmonize, tune. 2. Inflect (as ike voice), vary in tune and accentuation. Modus operand!. [L ] Process, way, method. 3. ..."

6. Essays of an Ex-librarian by Richard Garnett (1901)
"... I wait thy breath, Great Parent; that my strain May modulate with murmurs of the air, And motions of the forests and the sea, And voice of living beings ..."

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