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Pronunciation:  `mâju'leyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of modifying or adjusting according to due measure and proportion (as with regard to artistic effect)
  2. [n]  (electronics) the transmission of a signal by using it to vary a carrier wave; changing the carrier's amplitude or frequency or phase
  3. [n]  a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified
  4. [n]  rise and fall of the voice pitch
  5. [n]  a musical passage moving from one key to another

MODULATION is a 10 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: inflection, intonation, pitch contour, transition
 See Also: alteration, AM, amplitude modulation, delivery, drone, droning, FM, frequency modulation, intonation pattern, manner of speaking, monotone, musical passage, passage, phase modulation, PM, prosody, pulse modulation, revision, singsong, speech, transmission



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mod`u*la"tion\, n. [L. modulatio: cf. F.
1. The act of modulating, or the state of being modulated;
   as, the modulation of the voice.

2. Sound modulated; melody. [R.] --Thomson.

3. (Mus.) A change of key, whether transient, or until the
   music becomes established in the new key; a shifting of
   the tonality of a piece, so that the harmonies all center
   upon a new keynote or tonic; the art of transition out of
   the original key into one nearly related, and so on, it
   may be, by successive changes, into a key quite remote.
   There are also sudden and unprepared modulations.

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