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English noun: modulation

1. modulation (communication) a musical passage moving from one key to another


Broader (hypernym)musical passage, passage

2. modulation (communication) (electronics) the transmission of a signal by using it to vary a carrier wave; changing the carrier's amplitude or frequency or phase

Broader (hypernym)transmission

Narrower (hyponym)AM, amplitude modulation, FM, frequency modulation, phase modulation, PM, pulse modulation

Domain categoryelectronics

3. modulation (communication) rise and fall of the voice pitch

Synonymsintonation, pitch contour

Broader (hypernym)inflection, prosody

Narrower (hyponym)drone, droning, intonation pattern, monotone, singsong

4. modulation (communication) a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified


Broader (hypernym)delivery, manner of speaking, speech

5. modulation (act) the act of modifying or adjusting according to due measure and proportion (as with regard to artistic effect)

Broader (hypernym)alteration, revision

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