Definition of module in English:


Line breaks: mod¦ule
Pronunciation: /ˈmɒdjuːl


1Each of a set of standardized parts or independent units that can be used to construct a more complex structure, such as an item of furniture or a building: ships are now built in modules rather than built in a whole from the base up
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  • Standard lamp modules and appliance modules have full access to house current since they are plugged directly into a power outlet.
  • In those plants, assembly areas will have the same footprint containing standardized modules built from a select group of common components.
  • The 1,750 sq ft bungalow is made up of three buildings connected by modules that act as light wells and avoid claustrophobic corridors.
1.1Each of a set of independent units of study or training that can be combined in a number of ways to form a course at a college or university: nine optional modules must be taken [with modifier]: a Law module
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  • Most recently, some African higher education institutions have begun to use Internet-based course modules developed by overseas universities.
  • The course modules of study on political economy subjects are on in the evenings.
  • All the training modules include case studies and questions for discussion.
1.2 Computing Any of a number of distinct but interrelated units from which a program may be built up or into which a complex activity may be analysed: a networking module
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  • Virtual software machine running multiple program modules in a single address space of a target computer
  • You don't have time to wait for a C programmer to develop a custom database module for your web page - you need a solution that works today.
  • Your computer or a special module connected to your network sends your request over the internet to the computer or telephone exchange you are attempting to contact.
2A detachable self-contained unit of a spacecraft: Spacelab, an extra module for the shuttle, will quadruple the experimental facilities on board
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  • The Maxus - 4 rocket launched on 29 April carried seven experiments stacked in five self-contained modules.
  • Mir, their last, was modular and had space for up to six cosmonauts and six ports for docking spacecraft or other modules.
  • Apart from the Skylark launch vehicle, MASER 10 comprised four experiment modules, a service module and a recovery system.


late 16th century (in the senses 'allotted scale' and 'plan, model'): from French, or from Latin modulus (see modulus). Current senses date from the 1950s.

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