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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Module  \Mod"ule\,  v.  t.  [See  {module},  n.,  {Modulate}.] 
  To  model;  also  to  modulate.  [Obs.]  --Sandys.  Drayton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Module  \Mod"ule\,  n.  [F.,  fr  L.  modulus  a  small  measure,  dim. 
  of  modus.  See  {Mode},  and  cf  {Model},  {Modulus},  {Mold}  a 
  matrix.] 
  1.  A  model  or  measure. 
 
  2.  (Arch.)  The  size  of  some  one  part  as  the  diameter  of 
  semi-diameter  of  the  base  of  a  shaft,  taken  as  a  unit  of 
  measure  by  which  the  proportions  of  the  other  parts  of  the 
  composition  are  regulated.  Generally,  for  columns,  the 
  semi-diameter  is  taken  and  divided  into  a  certain  number 
  of  parts  called  minutes  (see  {Minute}),  though  often  the 
  diameter  is  taken  and  any  dimension  is  said  to  be  so  many 
  modules  and  minutes  in  height,  breadth,  or  projection. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  module 
  n  1:  one  of  the  inherent  cognitive  or  perceptual  powers  of  the 
  mind  [syn:  {faculty},  {mental  faculty}] 
  2:  a  detachable  section  of  a  spacecraft 
  3:  an  assembly  of  electronic  components  (as  of  computer 
  hardware) 
  4:  a  self-contained  unit  or  item  that  is  used  in  combination 
  with  other  units 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  module 
 
  1.    An  independent  piece  of  {software}  which 
  forms  part  of  one  or  more  larger  {programs}.  Different 
  languages  have  different  concepts  of  a  module  but  there  are 
  several  common  ideas. 
 
  Modules  are  usually  compiled  seperately  (in  compiled 
  languages)  and  provide  an  {abstraction}  or  information  hiding 
  mechanism  so  that  a  module's  implementation  can  be  changed 
  without  requiring  any  change  to  other  modules.  In  this 
  respect  they  are  similar  to  {objects}  in  an  {object-oriented 
  language},  though  a  module  may  contain  many  {procedures} 
  and/or  {functions}  which  would  correspond  to  many  objects. 
 
  A  module  often  has  its  own  {name  space}  for  {identifiers}  so 
  the  same  identifier  may  be  used  to  mean  different  things  in 
  different  modules. 
 
  [Difference  from  {package}?]. 
 
  2.    An  independent  assembly  of  electronic  components 
  with  some  distinct  function,  e.g.  a  RAM  module  consisting  of 
  several  RAM  chips  mounted  on  a  small  circuit  board. 
 
  (1997-10-27) 
 
 




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