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modem Syllabification: mo·dem
Pronunciation: /ˈmōdəm/

Definition of modem in English:


A combined device for modulation and demodulation, for example, between the digital data of a computer and the analog signal of a telephone line.
Example sentences
  • For example: a modem driver allows the modem inside your computer work with Windows.
  • The receiving modem translates the analog signals back to digital form.
  • Another device that is very handy is a voice modem with telephone recording software.


[with object] Back to top  
Send (data) by modem.
Example sentences
  • Run a report of the tally from the polling place before phoning, modeming or driving anything to the county.
  • They will modem in to work from locations very distant from central headquarters.


1950s: blend of modulator and demodulator.

  • The term modem is a blend of modulator and demodulator.

Words that rhyme with modem

proem • idem • diadem
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