Definition of module in English:

module

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘A closer look at many new buildings reveal they are equipped with various kinds of solar electric modules collecting solar power for water heating and electricity.’
    • ‘The Army has no mandated size of unit building blocks; module size will vary within each functional category.’
    • ‘Last year, it won a contract to supply the builder with 150 modules containing finished bathrooms and utility rooms for use in an apartment development in Cork.’
    • ‘To obtain a soft colour for the roof, yet use a steel resistant to salt, the steel was bought in flat sheets and rolled to a designed profile in accord with the building module.’
    • ‘The module contains 1,000 minute electrodes which will create 1,000 ‘points of light’.’
    • ‘In the final stages here we would do two steps: we will test the module and label it according to its specified power, then we will put a frame around it, box it, and put it out in the warehouse.’
    • ‘These systems will comprise a library of component device modules and proprietary modular components.’
    • ‘The largest engineering center is in Graz where 1200 engineers are developing components, systems, modules and complete vehicles.’
    • ‘Ballistic protection is provided by special armour modules, which are attached to the tank by bolts.’
    • ‘At the same time, plastics developers are targeting structural components like front end modules and other mainstays of stamped steel like seat frames.’
    • ‘It relied on suppliers to design, develop and assemble vehicle components into modules, which would be shipped to the main plant for final assembly.’
    • ‘The 1,750 sq ft bungalow is made up of three buildings connected by modules that act as light wells and avoid claustrophobic corridors.’
    • ‘Cutting away the front of the frame to install the module weakens the overall structure of the grip-frame.’
    • ‘We ship our standard product with our standard modules for automotive.’
    • ‘Our main products are light sources and modules that enable plastic optical fibre to be used for high bandwidth, low-cost links with large data capacity.’
    • ‘In those plants, assembly areas will have the same footprint containing standardized modules built from a select group of common components.’
    • ‘The test aircraft will have six laser modules, and the production version will have 14.’
    • ‘Standard lamp modules and appliance modules have full access to house current since they are plugged directly into a power outlet.’
    • ‘Ahead of him, Marc was wading up the tunnel fearlessly, following the light modules on the tunnel wall.’
    • ‘Where the station rested in space a minute ago was now an incomplete framework of solar panels and pieces of modules, tubing, and railings.’
    part, piece, bit, constituent, element, ingredient
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    1. 1.1 Each 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’
      • ‘The units or modules provide students with rich opportunities to become directly engaged in both science content and science process skill development.’
      • ‘The one-year, part-time course has modules on management theory and practice, with an emphasis on skills development, people management and partnership working.’
      • ‘Developing training modules that teach students to use computer applications in curriculum-specific situations is relatively simple.’
      • ‘Further autopsy teaching is available to students only as special study modules.’
      • ‘Under the old A-Level system where there was no coursework or modules there was two years of study and then a large exam at the end.’
      • ‘There is an eighteen module course for students and at the end of every one a certificate is given to let the kids know that they are achieving something.’
      • ‘Entrepreneurship was one of the elective modules he studied as an undergraduate.’
      • ‘The course modules of study on political economy subjects are on in the evenings.’
      • ‘Working professionals can take this part-time, choosing from 12 modules that cost £350 each, totting up course credits over as long as five years.’
      • ‘All the training modules include case studies and questions for discussion.’
      • ‘The project offers seminars featuring a set of three educational training modules that relate e-commerce to rural entrepreneurs in a practical fashion.’
      • ‘In 1940 he introduced the concept of an injective module, then began studying group actions in geometry.’
      • ‘Specifically, the students were asked to use the modules as an optional learning technique.’
      • ‘It's a correspondence course in 10 modules with an exam at the end of each module.’
      • ‘Fortunately your university mathematics course has included a module on computing and you decide to try to solve this problem on a computer.’
      • ‘The modules can either be done as a one-year course at college, or as you work.’
      • ‘At university most modules have in excess of 300 students - far more than can be squished into the average size of classroom your previous educational life was mostly spent in.’
      • ‘Pete is trying to develop flexibility into the course modules and making modifications as he goes.’
      • ‘The opportunity to integrate this training into the undergraduate curriculum has been facilitated by giving students options in special study modules and noting what they want to learn.’
      • ‘Most recently, some African higher education institutions have begun to use Internet-based course modules developed by overseas universities.’
    2. 1.2Computing 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’
      • ‘This object is an interface between your module and the database, and it performs the query.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Virtual software machine running multiple program modules in a single address space of a target computer’
      • ‘The biggest stumbling block for most people involves the few requisite Perl modules for database support.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2A detachable self-contained unit of a spacecraft:

    ‘Spacelab, an extra module for the shuttle, will quadruple the experimental facilities on board’
    • ‘Flights to the Moon could employ detachable crew modules atop nuclear thermal transfer vehicles.’
    • ‘The maximum heating rate of the capsule in the re-entry is several tens times higher than that of the Space Shuttle and several times higher than the Apollo recovery module.’
    • ‘His ideal station would be relatively small, consisting of no more than two modules weighing 20-25 metric tons.’
    • ‘The service module, and the orbital module are burned in the Earth's atmosphere, whilst the re-entry module uses its heat shield to make a safe return.’
    • ‘It also assumes that there would be enough room in the shuttle's cargo bay for the deorbit module.’
    • ‘The space shuttle produced a space station with nearly minimum-size modules.’
    • ‘Endeavour also will carry to the space station its second logistics carrier, a module named Raffaello provided by the Italian Space Agency.’
    • ‘The nodes are elements interconnecting laboratory and habitation modules of the International Space Station.’
    • ‘We crawled inside through a small opening in the orbital module.’
    • ‘The Maxus - 4 rocket launched on 29 April carried seven experiments stacked in five self-contained modules.’
    • ‘The whole world watched, as the orbiting space shuttle released the Moonlander module.’
    • ‘A possible solution may exist, if station modules could be launched while the shuttle is docked to the station.’
    • ‘Space Station Imagination is two linked 48-foot trailers forming two modules of the Space Station.’
    • ‘Mir, their last, was modular and had space for up to six cosmonauts and six ports for docking spacecraft or other modules.’
    • ‘If the decision is made to use a space station module careful preparations will have to be made.’
    • ‘One possible method for keeping lunar dust out of the habitation module was to keep the spacesuit outside, ‘docking’ it to the habitat module.’
    • ‘The Japanese are planning a tearoom module for the International Space Station, despite the problems with drinking liquids in zero gravity.’
    • ‘During its life a total of forty-six missions were made by the United States and Russia to Mir, including the missions to bring more modules to the spacecraft.’
    • ‘Apart from the Skylark launch vehicle, MASER 10 comprised four experiment modules, a service module and a recovery system.’
    module, craft, probe
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Origin

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.

Pronunciation:

module

/ˈmɒdjuːl/