Meaning of MODULATION in English

/moj'euh lay"sheuhn, mod'yeuh-/ , n.

1. the act of modulating.

2. the state of being modulated.

3. Music. transition from one key to another.

4. Gram.

a. the use of a particular distribution of stress or pitch in a construction, as the use of rising pitch on here in John is here?

b. the feature of a construction resulting from such use.

[ 1350-1400; ME modulation- (s. of modulatio ) rhythmical measure. See MODULATE, -ION ]

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