Definition of modem in English:

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modem

Pronunciation: /ˈmōdəm/

noun

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.

verb

[with object]
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.

Origin

1950s: blend of modulator and demodulator.

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

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Syllabification: mo·dem

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