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Modulate   /mˈɔdʒjuleɪt/  /mˈɔdʒuleɪt/   Listen

(past & past part. modulated; pres. part. modulating)
Change the key of, in music.
Vary the pitch of one's speech.  Synonyms: inflect, tone.
Fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of.  Synonym: regulate.  "Modulate the pitch"
Adjust the pitch, tone, or volume of.
Vary the frequency, amplitude, phase, or other characteristic of (electromagnetic waves).

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"Modulate" Quotes from Famous Books

... for Exercise I. Sing quietly in a pitch that is easy for the voice, and modulate up or ...
— Resonance in Singing and Speaking • Thomas Fillebrown

... OF NICE EAR! with beating wings you guide The fine vibrations of the aerial tide; 235 Join in sweet cadences the measured words, Or stretch and modulate the trembling cords. You strung to melody the Grecian lyre, Breathed the rapt song, and fan'd the thought of fire, Or brought in combinations, deep and clear, 240 Immortal harmony to HANDEL'S ear.— YOU with ...
— The Botanic Garden - A Poem in Two Parts. Part 1: The Economy of Vegetation • Erasmus Darwin

... wild couple thitherward. They proved to be a vagrant band, such as Rome, and all Italy, abounds with; comprising a harp, a flute, and a violin, which, though greatly the worse for wear, the performers had skill enough to provoke and modulate into tolerable harmony. It chanced to be a feast-day; and, instead of playing in the sun-scorched piazzas of the city, or beneath the windows of some unresponsive palace, they had bethought themselves to try the echoes of these woods; for, on ...
— The Marble Faun, Volume I. - The Romance of Monte Beni • Nathaniel Hawthorne

... Enough from incommunicable dream, And twilight phantasms, and deep noon-day thought, 40 Has shone within me, that serenely now And moveless, as a long-forgotten lyre Suspended in the solitary dome Of some mysterious and deserted fane, I wait thy breath, Great Parent, that my strain 45 May modulate with murmurs of the air, And motions of the forests and the sea, And voice of living beings, and woven hymns Of night and day, and the deep ...
— The Complete Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley Volume I • Percy Bysshe Shelley

... complex than those of most other birds; yet it is a singular fact that some of the Insessores, such as ravens, crows, and magpies, possess the proper apparatus (37. Bishop, in 'Todd's Cyclopaedia of Anatomy and Physiology,' vol. iv. p. 1496.), though they never sing, and do not naturally modulate their voices to any great extent. Hunter asserts (38. As stated by Barrington in 'Philosophical Transactions,' 1773, p. 262.) that with the true songsters the muscles of the larynx are stronger in the ...
— The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex • Charles Darwin

... thanks to the length of his arms, in placing a hand on each rail, so that, as he bent his broad, smiling face forward between them, he effectively barred the way. With a tone which he intended to be winning and tender, but which nature had not allowed him to modulate very sweetly, he said: ...
— The Son of Clemenceau • Alexandre (fils) Dumas

Words linked to "Modulate" :   spiel, set, tone, music, speak, regulate, vary, mouth, verbalise, play, adjust, alter, correct, talk, modulation, change, verbalize, utter

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