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mod·u·late

 (mŏj′ə-lāt′)
v. mod·u·lat·ed, mod·u·lat·ing, mod·u·lates
v.tr.
1. To regulate or adjust to a certain degree: physiological mechanisms that modulate the body's metabolic rate.
2. To change or vary the pitch, intensity, or tone of (one's voice or a musical instrument, for example).
3. Electronics
a. To vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves).
b. To vary (electron velocity) in an electron beam.
4. Biochemistry To act on (a receptor, for example) as an activator, an inhibitor, or both.
v.intr. Music
To move from one key or tonality to another by means of a melody or chord progression.

[Latin modulārī, modulāt-, to measure off, to regulate, from modulus, diminutive of modus, measure; see med- in Indo-European roots.]

mod′u·la·bil′i·ty n.
mod′u·la′tive, mod′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.

modulate

(ˈmɒdjʊˌleɪt)
vb
1. (tr) to change the tone, pitch, or volume of
2. (tr) to adjust or regulate the degree of
3. (Music, other) music
a. to subject to or undergo modulation in music
b. (often foll by to) to make or become in tune (with a pitch, key, etc)
4. (Electrical Engineering) (tr) physics electronics to cause to vary by a process of modulation
5. (General Physics) (tr) physics electronics to cause to vary by a process of modulation
[C16: from Latin modulātus in due measure, melodious, from modulārī to regulate, from modus measure]
modulability n
ˈmodulative, ˈmodulatory adj
ˈmoduˌlator n

mod•u•late

(ˈmɒdʒ əˌleɪt)

v. -lat•ed, -lat•ing. v.t.
1. to regulate by or adjust to a certain measure or proportion.
2. to alter or adapt (the voice) according to the circumstances, one's listener, etc.
3. to cause the amplitude, frequency, phase, or intensity of (a carrier wave) to vary in accordance with a sound wave or other signal.
v.i.
4. to modulate a carrier wave.
5. to move harmonically from one key to a related key.
[1550–60; < Latin modulātus, past participle of modulārī to regulate (sounds). See module, -ate1]
mod`u•la•bil′i•ty (-ləˈbɪl ɪ ti) n.
mod′u•la`tive, mod′u•la•to`ry (-ˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i) adj.
mod′u•la`tor, n.

mod·u·late

(mŏj′ə-lāt′)
To vary the amplitude, frequency, or some other characteristic of electromagnetic waves in a way that makes them correspond to a signal or to information that is to be transmitted.

modulate


Past participle: modulated
Gerund: modulating

Imperative
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modulate
Present
I modulate
you modulate
he/she/it modulates
we modulate
you modulate
they modulate
Preterite
I modulated
you modulated
he/she/it modulated
we modulated
you modulated
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Present Continuous
I am modulating
you are modulating
he/she/it is modulating
we are modulating
you are modulating
they are modulating
Present Perfect
I have modulated
you have modulated
he/she/it has modulated
we have modulated
you have modulated
they have modulated
Past Continuous
I was modulating
you were modulating
he/she/it was modulating
we were modulating
you were modulating
they were modulating
Past Perfect
I had modulated
you had modulated
he/she/it had modulated
we had modulated
you had modulated
they had modulated
Future
I will modulate
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we will modulate
you will modulate
they will modulate
Future Perfect
I will have modulated
you will have modulated
he/she/it will have modulated
we will have modulated
you will have modulated
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Future Continuous
I will be modulating
you will be modulating
he/she/it will be modulating
we will be modulating
you will be modulating
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been modulating
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we have been modulating
you have been modulating
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been modulating
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he/she/it will have been modulating
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you will have been modulating
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been modulating
you had been modulating
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we had been modulating
you had been modulating
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Conditional
I would modulate
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he/she/it would modulate
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Past Conditional
I would have modulated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.modulate - change the key of, in musicmodulate - change the key of, in music; "modulate the melody"
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"
spiel, play - replay (as a melody); "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully"
2.modulate - vary the pitch of one's speech
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
3.modulate - fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate ofmodulate - fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of; "regulate the temperature"; "modulate the pitch"
adjust, correct, set - alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels"
4.modulate - adjust the pitch, tone, or volume of
adjust, correct, set - alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard; "Adjust the clock, please"; "correct the alignment of the front wheels"
5.modulate - vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves)modulate - vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves)
vary, alter, change - become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence; "her mood changes in accordance with the weather"; "The supermarket's selection of vegetables varies according to the season"

modulate

verb adjust, balance, vary, tone, tune, regulate, harmonize, inflect, attune He carefully modulated his voice.
Translations

modulate

[ˈmɒdjʊleɪt] VT (Mus, Phys) → modular

modulate

[ˈmɒdʒʊleɪt] vt
[+ voice, tone] → moduler
[+ activity, process] → moduler

modulate

(Mus, Rad)
vimodulieren; the key modulated from major to minordie Tonart wechselte von Dur nach Moll
vtmodulieren

modulate

[ˈmɒdjʊˌleɪt] vtmodulare
References in classic literature ?
At length, it would seem, his patient industry found its reward; for, without explanation or apology, he pronounced aloud the words "Isle of Wight," drew a long, sweet sound from his pitch-pipe, and then ran through the preliminary modulations of the air whose name he had just mentioned, with the sweeter tones of his own musical voice.
However flattering this compliment, the officer made no reply; but drawing from his belt a little silver whistle, such as boatswains use in ships of war, he whistled three times, with three different modulations.
The ardent modulations of the sound, the slight play of the beautiful lips, the still, deep sapphire gleam in those long eyes inherited from the dawn of ages and that seemed always to watch unimaginable things, that underlying faint ripple of gaiety that played under all her moods as though it had been a gift from the high gods moved to pity for this lonely mortal, all this within the four walls and displayed for me alone gave me the sense of almost intolerable joy.
There were continual outbursts, melodies, unexpected cadences, then simple phrases strewn with aerial and hissing notes; then floods of scales which would have put a nightingale to rout, but in which harmony was always present; then soft modulations of octaves which rose and fell, like the bosom of the young singer.
Little details gave each field a particular physiognomy, dear to the eyes that have looked on them from childhood: the pool in the corner where the grasses were dank and trees leaned whisperingly; the great oak shadowing a bare place in mid-pasture; the high bank where the ash-trees grew; the sudden slope of the old marl-pit making a red background for the burdock; the huddled roofs and ricks of the homestead without a traceable way of approach; the gray gate and fences against the depths of the bordering wood; and the stray hovel, its old, old thatch full of mossy hills and valleys with wondrous modulations of light and shadow such as we travel far to see in later life, and see larger, but not more beautiful.
It is merely the melodious modulations of my voice," she explained.