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1Employing or involving a module or modules as the basis of design or construction.
‘modular housing units’
‘To create your own custom run of cabinets, simply combine two or more modular cabinets in the appropriate sizes.’
‘After researching all aspects of the prefabricated housing business, they decided to focus on modular designs.’
‘The modular accommodation offered was designed to meet urgent needs, not to alleviate all the problems.’
‘And modular construction, by being built in a factory with assembly-line workers, really helps partly solve the shortage of skilled labor.’
‘At its sprawling embassy compound, reopened after thirteen years, modular housing units are being installed to accommodate its growing staff.’
‘It is one of those new modular units where you only plug in the power cables you need to use.’
‘The vehicle is of modular construction which allows it to be fully air transportable on an A400M aircraft.’
‘Because of their modular construction these are easily replaced, enabling quick refurbishment and turn round.’
‘We have a triple-wide modular unit that we are going to build up on and put a deck on.’
‘The helicopter is of modular design and aluminium and composites construction.’
‘Some assembly required: is modular construction an answer to the affordable housing problem?’
‘The machine is based on a series of modular units so that it can be set up to meet production requirements - and reconfigured to handle part changes.’
‘In the picture you can see one section of a modular design.’
‘On this note, it might have been beneficial to include a few of the artist's recent modular, design-oriented constructions of wood and paint.’
‘In the course of doing this, it has transformed itself into one of Britain's leading experts on designing, costing, project managing and financing modular construction.’
‘Equipped with low level perch seats to discourage beggars and stray animals from cuddling down, the shelters employ modular construction for fast assembling.’
‘The International Space Station requires far more specialized modular construction than any previous spacecraft.’
‘Despite the potential savings, modular construction remains on the periphery of mainstream housing.’
‘As another example, consider the design requirements of modular playground equipment.’
‘A series of modular pieces tends to create a more relaxed style, where function and form combine informally.’
1.1Mathematics Relating to a modulus.
‘Complex multiplication and modular forms had been treated in the 19th century by Kronecker and Heinrich Weber, who discovered their link with class field theory.’
‘Elliptic curves and modular forms are mathematically so different that mathematicians initially couldn't believe that the two are related.’
‘One of the main reasons for including an introduction to modular arithmetic is that the two most popular public key algorithms use modular exponentiation as their basic mathematical process.’
‘Gauss in 1801 was to take Euler's work much further and gives a considerable amount of work on modular arithmetic which amounts to a fair amount of theory of abelian groups.’
‘These problems form the basis of a conjecture: every elliptic curve defined over the rational field is a factor of the Jacobian of a modular function field.’
‘The next logical step would be to investigate the tables corresponding to various operations in modular arithmetic.’
Origin
Late 18th century: from modern Latin modularis, from Latin modulus (see modulus).