modems

modem

[moh-duhm, -dem] Computers.
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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modem (ˈməʊdɛm)
 
n
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
 
[C20: from mo(dulator) dem(odulator)]

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modem
1958, coined from mo(dulator) + dem(odulator).
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modem   (mō'dəm)  Pronunciation Key 
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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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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Abbreviations & Acronyms
modem
modulator demodulator
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