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modulate

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Definition 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • And I felt the cold metallic hardness of my words as I spoke, the modulation, the control.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • There was motion and stillness, stillness and modulation, and all the charge and magic of a great painting.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • This subtle modulation marked a momentous discovery—the perception of an entirely new attitude on the part of her listener.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • This subtle modulation marked a momentous discovery—the perception of an entirely new attitude on the part of her listener.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Far away the grandparents huddle in a chair, eagerly sharing the receiver as carrier waves modulate into audible signals.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • She said nothing, but used her hands to modulate Mammachi's fury, to stoke it anew.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • 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
  • The former curves of sensuousness were now modulated to lines of devotional passion.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • "Good evening!" he says with that perfectly modulated voice that announcers seem to be born with.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • 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
  • 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
  • His voice was slightly modulated but easy to understand.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • There was amaze in the voice usually so even and well modulated—amaze in the handsome face usually so indifferent.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars

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