Usage examples for modulate

  1. Liebnitz reported to the French Academy of Sciences, that a dog had been taught to modulate his voice, so that he could distinctly ask for coffee, tea, and chocolate. – Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals by R. Lee
  2. I had tried to modulate my voice, so that it should be just heard and no more, preferring to be indistinct rather than speak too loudly; and confined all my person to express as much as possible, gravity, modesty, and simple gratitude. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 12 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
  3. If a verb contains a sharp vowel in its radical portion, the vowels of the terminations are all sharp, while the same terminations, if following a root with a flat vowel, modulate their own vowels into the flat key. – Lectures on The Science of Language by Max Müller
  4. Every inflection must be natural; every variation of pitch must be spontaneous; every emotion must modulate the color of the voice; every attitude of the interpreter must be simple and sustained. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  5. Sorrento, the very name whispers of smiles and laughter, and the people, softening it still with the incomparable music of their speech, modulate it into " Surriento," just as they turn " cento" into " ciento," and drop a liquid vowel into the harshness of Castellammare, calling it " Castiellammare." – Naples Past and Present by Arthur H. Norway
  6. I could modulate my voice so as to be heard at quite a distance, and yet cause no jar to very sensitive nerves close at hand; and when I told my patient that I proposed to punish him now, while he was in my power, all heard and wondered; then every one was stimulated to learn that it was to keep him humble, because, having received such a wound in the charge on Marie's Hill, he would be so proud by and by that common folks would be afraid to speak to him. – Half a Century by Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm
  7. Men without depth of sensibility or breadth of nature, but with enough sense of beauty to modulate their thoughts, using with skill the floating capital of sentiment and the current diction and molds of verse, for a generation are esteemed poets of more genius than they have, their pages being elaborate verse flavored with poetry, rather than poems. – Essays Æsthetical by George Calvert
  8. The tones modulate their juxtaposition causes no harsh discords. – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker
  9. All others, from Homer, with his catalogue of leaders and ships, down to Metastasio himself, though he wrote for music, appear to have overlooked this opportunity of playing a voluntary of fine sounds, where they had no other theme on which to modulate – Stories from the Italian Poets: With Lives of the Writers, Vol. 2 by Leigh Hunt
  10. Most composers stick closely to their tonic key and modulate out of it with deliberation. – Johann Sebastian Bach by Johann Nikolaus Forkel and Charles Sanford Terry
  11. Perhaps the arrangement of the crystalline structures, the arches and spires, might catch his brain waves, modulate them, transform them, strengthen them, feed them back, himself a part of the design instead of outside it? – Eight Keys to Eden by Mark Irvin Clifton
  12. This impulsive desire to choose her words and to modulate her voice came from a sudden realization that there lived another class of people outside the squatter settlement of whom she knew little. – From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White
  13. Philosophy and Equal Temperament It is with philosophy as with just intonation on a piano, if you get everything quite straight and on all fours in one department, in perfect tune, it is delightful so long as you keep well in the middle of the key; but as soon as you modulate you find the new key is out of tune and the more remotely you modulate the more out of tune you get. – The Note-Books of Samuel Butler by Samuel Butler
  14. A clever actor or orator can, if he possess a high degree of intelligence and a fairly artistic temperament, so modulate his voice as to convey to his audience the passions and emotions while feeling none of them himself; so many great singers who are possessed of a good musical ear, a good memory, and natural intelligence, although lacking in supreme artistic temperament and conspicuous musical ability, are nevertheless able to interpret by intonation and articulation the passions and emotions which the composer has expressed in his music and the poet or dramatist in his words. – The Brain and the Voice in Speech and Song by F. W. Mott
  15. These brilliant people that suggest using more tubes to a ray- power bank forget the last tube has to handle the entire output of all the others, and modulate it correctly. – Invaders from the Infinite by John Wood Campbell
  16. She was indeed quite capable of taking an interest in the subject, as soon as she could modulate herself into the new key. – The Bent Twig by Dorothy Canfield
  17. It is, however, very difficult to find such a thing in Nagasaki; above all, very difficult to explain in Japanese what is a sailor's whistle of the traditional shape, curved, and with a little ball at the end to modulate the trills and the various sounds of official orders. – Madame Chrysantheme Complete by Pierre Loti Last Updated: March 4, 2009
  18. The interpreter must have a sympathetic temperament, and must be able to accentuate and sustain the simplest look, the most delicate inflection and change of pitch, and to modulate the color and movement of his voice with perfect freedom. – Browning and the Dramatic Monologue by S. S. Curry
  19. That a direct current arc light transforms a part of its energy into electric oscillations was shown by Firth and Rogers, of England, in 1893. The author was the first to connect an arc lamp with an aerial and a ground, and to use a microphone transmitter to modulate the sustained oscillations so set up. – The Radio Amateur's Hand Book by A. Frederick Collins