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Related to modulation: phase modulation, frequency modulation, demodulation, amplitude modulation, sensory modulation

mod·u·la·tion

 (mŏj′ə-lā′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of modulating.
2. The state of being modulated.
3. Music
a. A passing or transition from one key or tonality to another.
b. The result of such a transition.
4.
a. A change in stress, pitch, loudness, or tone of the voice; an inflection of the voice.
b. An instance of such a change or an inflection.
5. The harmonious use of language, as in poetry or prose.
6. Electronics The variation of a property of an electromagnetic wave or signal, such as its amplitude, frequency, or phase.

modulation

(ˌmɒdjʊˈleɪʃən)
n
1. the act of modulating or the condition of being modulated
2. (Music, other) music the transition from one key to another
3. (Phonetics & Phonology) grammar
a. another word for intonation1
b. the grammatical expression of modality
4. (Electrical Engineering) electrical engineering
a. the act or process of superimposing the amplitude, frequency, phase, etc, of a wave or signal onto another wave (the carrier wave) or signal or onto an electron beam. See also amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, phase modulation, velocity modulation
b. the variation of the modulated signal

mod•u•la•tion

(ˌmɒdʒ əˈleɪ ʃən, ˌmɒd yə-)

n.
1. the act of modulating.
2. the state of being modulated.
3. harmonic movement from one key to a related key.
4. the use of a particular distribution of stress or pitch in an utterance to show meaning, as the use of rising pitch on here in John is here?
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.modulation - a musical passage moving from one key to anothermodulation - a musical passage moving from one key to another
musical passage, passage - a short section of a musical composition
2.modulation - (electronics) the transmission of a signal by using it to vary a carrier wavemodulation - (electronics) the transmission of a signal by using it to vary a carrier wave; changing the carrier's amplitude or frequency or phase
electronics - the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices
transmission - communication by means of transmitted signals
amplitude modulation, AM - modulation of the amplitude of the (radio) carrier wave
FM, frequency modulation - modulation of the frequency of the (radio) carrier wave
phase modulation, PM - modulation of the phase of the carrier wave
pulse modulation - modulation that imposes a signal on a train of pulses
3.modulation - rise and fall of the voice pitchmodulation - rise and fall of the voice pitch  
prosody, inflection - the patterns of stress and intonation in a language
intonation pattern - intonations characteristic of questions and requests and statements
droning, monotone, drone - an unchanging intonation
singsong - a regular and monotonous rising and falling intonation
4.modulation - a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modifiedmodulation - a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified
manner of speaking, delivery, speech - your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"
5.modulation - the act of modifying or adjusting according to due measure and proportion (as with regard to artistic effect)
revision, alteration - the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification); "it would require a drastic revision of his opinion"
Translations

modulation

[ˌmɒdjʊˈleɪʃən] N (Mus, Phys) → modulación f

modulation

[ˌmɒdʒʊˈleɪʃən] n
[sound, voice] → modulation f; [frequency] → modulation f
[activity, process] → modulation f

modulation

n (Mus, Rad) → Modulation f

modulation

[ˌmɒdjʊˈleɪʃn] nmodulazione f

mod·u·la·tion

n. modulación, acto de ajustar o adaptar tal como ocurre en la inflexión de la voz.
References in classic literature ?
Their peculiar hooting invariably preceded feed- ing; it had no modulation, and was, I believe, in no sense a signal, but merely the expiration of air preparatory to the suctional operation.
said Adam, with the same gentle modulation of voice as when he spoke to Seth.
The two young men were the only talkers, but they, standing by the fire, talked over the too common neglect of the qualification, the total inattention to it, in the ordinary school-system for boys, the consequently natural, yet in some instances almost unnatural, degree of ignorance and uncouthness of men, of sensible and well-informed men, when suddenly called to the necessity of reading aloud, which had fallen within their notice, giving instances of blunders, and failures with their secondary causes, the want of management of the voice, of proper modulation and emphasis, of foresight and judgment, all proceeding from the first cause: want of early attention and habit; and Fanny was listening again with great entertainment.
It was the quality of it, the repose, and the musical modulation - the soft, rich, indefinable product of culture and a gentle soul.
It was the same fool whom the people called "the ape of Zarathustra:" for he had learned from him something of the expression and modulation of language, and perhaps liked also to borrow from the store of his wisdom.
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.
Who indulges more recklessly in glowing exaggerations than the lover who hopes, and has not yet obtained He will, like the nightingale, sing with unceasing modulations, display all his talent, untiringly repeat his sweetest notes, until he has what he wants, when his song, like the nightingale's, immediately ceases, never again to be heard.