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She wants the Fed to try to modulate the ups and downs of the stock market.
  to regulate or make something less severe

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alter the pitch of one’s voice; or other things such as the sound of a musical instrument  or the characteristics of electromagnetic waves
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  • She wants the Fed to try to modulate the ups and downs of the stock market.
  • The gene modulates the excitability of neurons.
  • She modulates her speaking voice as though it were a musical instrument.
  • modulate the pitch

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  • modulate the melody
  • She could not modulate out the key of self-abasement in which she had started.
    Forster, E. M.  --  A Room With A View
  • Why should not the symmetry and truth that modulate these, glide into our spirits, and we participate the invention of nature?
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • "Good evening!" he says with that perfectly modulated voice that announcers seem to be born with.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • Welcome aboard, ladies and gentlemen, she would say in her new, well-modulated voice.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • "PWM means ’pulse-width modulation,’ " Luis answered, looking completely unfazed by the attention.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • It is extremely painful, but the level of pain can be controlled by modulating the pressure exerted by your thumb.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • It arrested them both at the same instant—that radio announcer’s voice with its coached and modulated rhythms.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I have a charcoal-gray pencil skirt that’s hard to walk in despite the kick pleat, and a bat wing sweater, a red one with modulated gray horizontal stripes across it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The nicely modulated voice was rising.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • There was motion and stillness, stillness and modulation, and all the charge and magic of a great painting.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • When she spoke her voice had a beautiful low timbre, soft and modulated, and yet with ringing overtones.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • The irony circuits cut in to his voice modulator as he mimicked the style of the sales brochure.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Mrs. Dewitt likes to modulate her reading list, and she does a big push right before Christmas with Shakespeare.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • I am certain of it; his languishing looks and modulated tones when addressing Mademoiselle Danglars fully proclaim his intentions.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • HIGGINS [with professional exquisiteness of modulation] I walk over everybody!
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • Amos modulated his tone, making it calm and reassuring for our trainees.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • He spoke this with a voice so modulated to the different feelings expressed in his speech, with an eye so full of lofty design and heroism, that can you wonder that these men were moved?
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Then her voice modulated back to a comforting purr.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • But now John put his hand into his pocket, brought out a whistle, and blew upon it several modulated blasts that rang far across the heated air.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • After all,’ said General Peckem with his low, well-modulated chuckle, ’if dropping bombs on the enemy isn’t a special service, I wonder what in the world is.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Their peculiar hooting invariably preceded feeding; it had no modulation, and was, I believe, in no sense a signal, but merely the expiration of air preparatory to the suctional operation.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • After our position fix, the Nautilus’s latitude bearings were modulated to the southwest.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • His voice was oddly pleasant to the ear, the well-modulated voice of a gentleman, resonant and overlaid with the flat slow drawl of the Charlestonian.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • A complaining clamor, modulated in savage discords, filled our ears.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • I worked to modulate the volume of my voice so Charlie wouldn’t hear, but I wanted to shout the words.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • His full rich voice was not found to suffer by a comparison with the soft tones of the girls; and his more modulated strains possessed, at least for the ears of those to whom they were peculiarly addressed, the additional power of intelligence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Now was the hour of Caerra, meaning the light in the room had modulated to a soft purplish hue.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The anger of many hibakusha, directed at first against the Americans for dropping the bomb, had by now subtly modulated toward their own government, for having involved the country in a rash and doomed aggression.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Toward the end of the meal she became able to speak to me directly, in her high but gentle and modulated voice, and I was so clumsy and fumbling and embarrassed that my behavior throughout lunch amounted to one long and elaborate apology which, when she offered me a second dessert, I saw she had accepted.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Did the host encourage his guest to chant in a modulated voice a strange legend on an allied theme?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He had a non-committal voice, beautifully modulated—its words might have meant the opposite of what they said.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • "Tell my wife," he answered in a well-modulated voice, "to give the girl the name of Ursula."
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • "Even as you say, human," responded Blodhgarm in a perfectly modulated voice.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • She could not modulate out the key of self-abasement in which she had started.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • There came to me in this case a melody which the air had strained, and which had conversed with every leaf and needle of the wood, that portion of the sound which the elements had taken up and modulated and echoed from vale to vale.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The former curves of sensuousness were now modulated to lines of devotional passion.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • And I felt the cold metallic hardness of my words as I spoke, the modulation, the control.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Henchard’s face settled into an expression of stolid loneliness which gradually modulated into something softer.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • She did so evidently feeling there was a charm in the exaggerated, honeyed modulation of the syllables.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I think I can rig a modulator on this baby, then, and make it into a gertrude for ya.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • He drew up his chair and modulated his voice to such a degree that what he said seemed wholly confidential.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Far away the grandparents huddle in a chair, eagerly sharing the receiver as carrier waves modulate into audible signals.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • Cedric modulates the speed of his step to stay tucked in the middle of the crowd as it winds a quarter-mile to MIT’s newish glass-and-steel dining hall, following a spicy aroma into a banquet room where a tower of pizza boxes is waiting, closed and still steaming.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • She looked at Lily as the latter approached: her look was terrible, but her voice was modulated to a ghastly cheerfulness.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • His voice varied rapidly from a tremulous indecision (when the animal spirits seemed utterly in abeyance) to that species of energetic concision—that abrupt, weighty, unhurried, and hollow-sounding enunciation—that leaden, self-balanced and perfectly modulated guttural utterance, which may be observed in the lost drunkard, or the irreclaimable eater of opium, during the periods of his most intense excitement.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
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