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Definition of "modulation" [mod•u•la•tion]

  • The act or process of modulating. (noun)
  • The state of being modulated. (noun)
  • Music A passing or transition from one key or tonality to another. (noun)
  • Music The result of such a transition. (noun)
  • A change in stress, pitch, loudness, or tone of the voice; an inflection of the voice. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "modulation" in a sentence
  • "Recovery Option: Emotional modulation is a skill that we learn literally in our parents arms and within our family systems."
  • "I rather imagine that the neglect and perversion or repression of this modulation is due very largely to the general neglect of the proper development of the imagination and emotion in our whole educational system."
  • "Another modulation is that of tone colour, the sign of imagination and emotion."