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modem

[moh-duh m, -dem] /ˈmoʊ dəm, -dɛm/
noun
1.
an electronic device that makes possible the transmission of data to or from a computer via telephone or other communication lines.
verb (used with object)
2.
to send or receive (information, data, or the like) via a modem.
Origin
mo(dulator)-dem(odulator)
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British Dictionary definitions for modems

modem

/ˈməʊdɛm/
noun
1.
(computing) a device for connecting two computers by a telephone line, consisting of a modulator that converts computer signals into audio signals and a corresponding demodulator
Word Origin
C20: from mo(dulator) dem(odulator)
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Word Origin and History for modems

modem

n.

"device to convert digital signals to analog and vice versa," 1958, coined from first elements of modulator + demodulator.

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modems in Science
modem
  (mō'dəm)   
A device for transmitting and receiving digital data over telephone wires. Modems send data by converting it into audio signals and receive it by converting audio signals back into digital form. The speed at which modems transmit data is measured in bps (bits per second).
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modems in Culture
modem [(moh-duhm, moh-dem)]

A device that links a personal computer to a telephone line, so that the computer can receive information from other computers.

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Related Abbreviations for modems

modem

modulator demodulator
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