Meaning of MODULATION in English
noun sound modulated; melody.
2. modulation ·noun the act of modulating, or the state of being modulated; as, the modulation of the voice.
3. modulation ·noun 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.
Webster English vocab. Английский словарь Webster. 2012