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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Modulation  \Mod`u*la"tion\,  n.  [L.  modulatio:  cf  F. 
  1.  The  act  of  modulating,  or  the  state  of  being  modulated; 
  as  the  modulation  of  the  voice. 
  2.  Sound  modulated;  melody.  [R.]  --Thomson. 
  3.  (Mus.)  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  musical  passage  moving  from  one  key  to  another  [syn:  {transition}] 
  2:  (electronics)  the  transmission  of  a  signal  by  imposing  it  on 
  a  carrier  wave  by  changing  the  carrier's  amplitude  or 
  frequency  or  phase 

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