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Definitions of modulation

  1. a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified
  2. rise and fall of the voice pitch
  3. a musical passage moving from one key to another
  4. the act of modifying or adjusting according to due measure and proportion ( as with regard to artistic effect)
  5. ( electronics) the transmission of a signal by using it to vary a carrier wave; changing the carrier's amplitude or frequency or phase
  6. The act of modulating, or the state of being modulated; as, the modulation of the voice.
  7. Sound modulated; melody.
  8. 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.
  9. modulator.
  10. The act of changing the sound of; the state of being changed in sound.
  11. The act of modulating: state of being modulated: ( mus.) the changing of the keynote and the alteration of the original scale by the introduction of a new sharp or flat.
  12. The act of modulating or condition of being modulated.
  13. The change from one key to another during a place of music.
  14. Act of modulating: state of being modulated; melody.
  15. The act of varying or inflecting the pitch of the voice in speaking or reading, in a pleasing manner; in music, the art of conducting the air and the harmony through the requisite keys and modes in a manner agreeable to the ear; the art of changing the key, or of passing from one key to another.
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Usage examples for modulation

  1. His voice, although it trembled a little, was clear and unimpeded, and though weak, in its modulation manly. – Malcolm by George MacDonald
  2. Rhythm and poetical expression are essential attributes of dramatic genius, but the original sign of race and mission is an instinctive modulation of man with the deeds he attempts or achieves. – Confessions of a Young Man by George Moore
  3. 254. " Picini compares modulation to the turning off from a road." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  4. After the D major episode there are two bars of anonymous modulation- these bars creak on their hinges- and the first subject reappears in F, then climbs to F sharp, thence merges into a glittering melodic organ- point, exciting, brilliant, the whole subsiding into an echo of earlier harmonies. – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
  5. In speaking it was effective, and to us pleasing, because there was some new modulation, some addition in the manner, just as the sea never sets up one wave exactly like the last or the next. – Spare Hours by John Brown
  6. Warrisden lay listening to it, and interpreting the words from the modulation of the voice which uttered them. – The Truants by A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) Mason
  7. 90, an efficient degree of modulation can be had. – The Radio Amateur's Hand Book by A. Frederick Collins
  8. In ordinary conversation, the modulation and proper management of the voice is a point to which I would particularly call the attention of young ladies; for a fine and melodious voice, " sweet as music on the waters," makes the heart- strings vibrate to their very core. – Martine's Hand-book of Etiquette, and Guide to True Politeness by Arthur Martine
  9. It was not accompanied either with dancing, drum, or rattle; but consisted of soft, plaintive tones, and a modulation that was rather agreeable: it had somewhat the air of church music. – Pioneers in Canada by Sir Harry Johnston
  10. I imagine that he distrusted chiefly the abuse of the appoggiatura, the abuse of the unlimited power of modulation which equal temperament placed at the musician's disposition and departure from well- marked rhythm, beat or measured tread. – The Note-Books of Samuel Butler by Samuel Butler
  11. Modulation may be resorted to within the exercises, but only to nearly related keys; for example, in C, to G, F, a, e, or d. – A Treatise on Simple Counterpoint in Forty Lessons by Friedrich J. Lehmann
  12. There can be no verse where there is no modulation, no rhythm where there is no music. – A Study of Shakespeare by Algernon Charles Swinburne
  13. Do composers consider modulation in selecting their key? – Piano Playing With Piano Questions Answered by Josef Hofmann
  14. " I'm afraid it's not too certain," answered the girl, and now he noted the liquid modulation, with its slightly questioning accent, charmingly Southern. – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  15. This was a favourite air with Hugh; and he placed himself so as to see the singer without being seen himself, and to lose no slightest modulation of her voice. – David Elginbrod by George MacDonald
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