Module definition

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(architecture) A length used as a unit of measurement or as a standard for determining the proportions of a building.
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A unit of education or instruction with a relatively low student-to-teacher ratio, in which a single topic or a small section of a broad topic is studied for a given period of time.
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(electronics) A self-contained assembly of electronic components and circuitry, such as a stage in a computer, that is installed as a unit.
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A standardized, often interchangeable component of a system or construction that is designed for easy assembly or flexible use.

A sofa consisting of two end modules.

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(computers) A portion of a program that carries out a specific function and may be used alone or combined with other modules of the same program.
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(archaic) A standard or unit of measurement.
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A self-contained unit of a spacecraft that performs a specific task or class of tasks in support of the major function of the craft.
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The definition of a module is a standard unit of measurement in building planning, or a detachable part of a whole, or an independent unit that is part of a whole.

When a fence has six-foot lengths, each six-foot length is an example of a module.

When a machine has multiple parts that can stand separately and be put together, each part is an example of a module.

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A unit of education covering a single topic.

Which modules are you studying next year?

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(biology) A unit of modular growth, such as a coral polyp.
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Any of a set of units, as cabinets, designed to be arranged or joined in a variety of ways.
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A detachable section, compartment, or unit with a specific purpose or function, as in a spacecraft.
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(electronics) A compact assembly that is a component of a larger unit.
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A self-contained component of a system, often interchangeable, which has a well-defined interface to the other components.
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(architecture) A standard unit of measure used for determining the proportions of a building.
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(computing) A section of a program; a subroutine or group of subroutines.
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(mathematics) An abelian group.

K-module, module over K.

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(mathematics) An algebraic structure which behaves just like a vector space over a field F, except that F is replaced by K, a commutative ring with unit.

Any module extends easily into a -module.

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(computing) A file containing a music sequence that can be played in a tracker (called also mod or music module).
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(hydraulics) A contrivance for regulating the supply of water from an irrigation channel.
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(astronautics) An independent self-contained unit of a spacecraft.
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A pre-prepared adventure scenario with related materials for a role-playing game.
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(mathematics) An algebraic system that resembles a vector space, except that the set of scalars forms a ring and not necessarily a field.
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A standard or unit of measurement.
  • In classical architecture, the diameter, or one half the diameter, of a column at the base of the shaft, used to determine the proportions or the structure.
  • Any of several standardized units of measurement used in architectural planning, in the construction of building materials, etc.
    4-inch module, 2-foot module.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
module
Plural:
modules

Origin of module

  • Latin modulus diminutive of modus measure med- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French module, from Latin modulus (“a small measure, a measure, mode, meter”), diminutive of modus (“measure”); see mode.

    From Wiktionary