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module (component)

Definition:

a self-contained component (unit or item) that is used in combination with other components

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Related to:

modular

Plural:

modules

Part of:

system

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"allotted measure", from Middle French module, from Latin modulus "small...
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Definition references

Wikipedia:

Modularity

the degree to which a system's components may be separated and recombined. The meaning of the word, however, can vary somewhat by context: In biology, modularity refers to the concept that organisms or metabolic pathways are composed of modules. ; In ... (41 of 4392 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Modularity

Module (disambiguation) | modular

may refer to the concept of modularity. It may also refer to: Computer module, an early packaging technique that combined several electronic components to produce a single logic element | Environment Modules, a software tool designed to help users... (38 of 357 words, 26 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Module (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

module

a self-contained unit or item, such as an assembly of electronic components ... | a standard unit of measure, especially one used to coordinate the ... (24 of 499 words, 5 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/module

Britannica Encyclopedia:

module [building]

in architecture, an arbitrary unit adopted to regulate the dimensions, proportions, or construction of the parts of a building. A number of modules, ... (23 of 318 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/387424​/module

Merriam-Webster:

module | (xb)a = x(ba) [sense-specific]

a standard or unit of measurement | the size of some one part taken as a unit of measure by which the proportions of an architectural composition are ... (27 of 218 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/module

American Heritage Dictionary:

module

A standard or unit of measurement. | [architecture] The dimensions of a structural component, such as the base of a column, used as a unit of ... (25 of 194 words, 8 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/module

Oxford Dictionary:

module

each of a set of standardized parts or independent units that can be used ... | each of a set of independent units of study or training that can be ... (29 of 187 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/module

Random House Dictionary:

module

a separable component, frequently one that is interchangeable with others, for assembly into units of differing size, complexity, or function. | any ... (21 of 179 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/module

Wiktionary:

module | modules [plural] | vector space [subtype, sense-specific]

A self-contained component of a system, often interchangeable, which has a well-defined interface to the other components. | [architecture] A standard unit of measure used for determining the proportions of a building. | [computing] A section of a ... (36 of 144 words, 9 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/module

New World Dictionary:

module

a standard or unit of measurement; specifically, ; in classical ... | [United States] ; any of a set of units, as cabinets, designed to be arranged or ... (27 of 115 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/module

Cambridge Dictionary:

module | modular [adjective, derived]

one of a set of separate parts which, when combined, form a complete whole | one of the units which together make a complete course taught especially ... (26 of 109 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/module

Macmillan British Dictionary:

module [countable] | modules [plural]

one of the separate units of a course of study | one of several parts made separately then joined together to make a building or other structure ; a ... (28 of 79 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/module

Columbia Encyclopedia:

element

in chemistry, a substance that cannot be decomposed into simpler substances by chemical means. A substance such as a compound can be decomposed into ... (24 of 73 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0817024​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

module | modules [plural]

an independent unit that can be combined with others and easily rearranged, replaced, or interchanged to form different structures or systems | a ... (22 of 117 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630743​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

module

First use: 1580s

Origin: "allotted measure", from Middle French module, from Latin modulus "small measure", diminutive of modus "measure, manner" (see ... (18 of 36 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=module

Oxford Dictionary:

module

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (in the senses "allotted scale" and "plan, model"): from French, or from Latin modulus (see "modulus"). Current senses date from the 1950s

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/module

Wiktionary:

module | modules [plural]

Origin: Middle French module, from Latin modulus ("a small measure, a measure, mode, meter"), diminutive of modus ("measure"); see mode.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/module

American Heritage Dictionary:

module

Origin: Latin modulus, diminutive of modus, measure; see med- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/module

New World Dictionary:

module

Origin: French module from Latin modulus, diminutive of modus: see "mode"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/module

Collins Dictionary:

module

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin modulus, diminutive of modusmode

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/module

Merriam-Webster:

module

First use: about 1628

Origin: Latin modulus

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/module

modulus | moduli [plural]

First use: 1753

Origin: New Latin, from Latin, small measure

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/modulus

Encarta Dictionary:

module | modules [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin modulus

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861630743​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

module

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "module"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

module

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "module"

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dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/module

Macmillan American Dictionary:

module [countable] | modules [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "module"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/module

Macmillan British Dictionary:

module [countable] | modules [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "module"

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the Free Dictionary:

module

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Google Dictionary:

module | modules [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

module

Audio: North American pronunciation of "module"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=module​01 word=module

YourDictionary Audio:

module

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