Crossword clues for modem
- Kind of port
- It may have a blinking light
- Signal converter
- Purchase from an I.S.P.
- Internet hookup
- (from a combination of MOdulate and DEModulate) electronic equipment consisting of a device used to connect computers by a telephone line
- Device for transmission of data
- Data-transmitting device
- Computer adjunct
- Data-converting device
- Computer device
- PC adjunct
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
modem \mo"dem\ (m[=o]"d[e^]m), n. [by shortening from modulator-demodulator.] An electronic device that converts electronic signals into sound waves, and sound waves into electronic signals, used to transmit information between computers by the use of ordinary telephone lines; also called modulator-demodulator; as, the latest modems can transmit data at 56,000 baud over a clear telephone line. The speed of transmission of information by a modem is usually measured in units of baud, equivalent to bits per second.
modulator-demodulator \mod"u*la`tor-de`mod"u*la`tor\, n. An electronic device that converts electronic signals into sound waves, and sound waves into electronic signals, used to transmit information between computers by the use of ordinary telephone lines; usually called a modem.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"device to convert digital signals to analog and vice versa," 1958, coined from first elements of modulator + demodulator.
n. A device that encodes digital computer signals into analog/analogue telephone signals and ''vice versa'' and allows computers to communicate over a phone line. vb. To transmit by modem.
n. (from a combination of MOdulate and DEModulate) electronic equipment consisting of a device used to connect computers by a telephone line
A modem is a device that encodes and decodes digital data transmitted by a telephone or other analog communications system.
Modem may also refer to:
- MoDem (Mouvement Démocrate), a centrist and pro-European French political party
A modem (modulator-demodulator) is a network hardware device that modulates one or more carrier wave signals to encode digital information for transmission and demodulates signals to decode the transmitted information. The goal is to produce a signal that can be transmitted easily and decoded to reproduce the original digital data. Modems can be used with any means of transmitting analog signals, from light emitting diodes to radio. A common type of modem is one that turns the digital data of a computer into modulated electrical signal for transmission over telephone lines and demodulated by another modem at the receiver side to recover the digital data.
Modems are generally classified by the amount of data they can send in a given unit of time, usually expressed in bits per second (symbol bit/s, sometimes abbreviated "bps"), or bytes per second (symbol B/s). Modems can also be classified by their symbol rate, measured in baud. The baud unit denotes symbols per second, or the number of times per second the modem sends a new signal. For example, the ITU V.21 standard used audio frequency shift keying with two possible frequencies, corresponding to two distinct symbols (or one bit per symbol), to carry 300 bits per second using 300 baud. By contrast, the original ITU V.22 standard, which could transmit and receive four distinct symbols (two bits per symbol), transmitted 1,200 bits by sending 600 symbols per second (600 baud) using phase shift keying.
Usage examples of "modem".
Hank remembered hearing Grandpa tell someone that the modem was of an experimental type, with one fantastic high baud rate, though it looked like nothing more than the standard audio unit that most modems were.
Tim selected this heading with a click and cursed the draggy modem, the draggy server, and the sluggish program.
In modem thought, what is revealed at the foundation of the history of things and of the historicity proper to man is the distance creating a vacuum within the Same, it is the hiatus that disperses and regroups it at the two ends of itself.
Hugh packed a handful of books: Modem Business Methods, The Successpl ComA DANGEROUS FORTUNE 199 mercial Clerk, The Wealth of Nations, Robinson Crusoe.
Our customers are in cars, at offices, on the Internet, watching one of hundreds of cable channels and new networks, listening to local and syndicated radio programs, playing interactive computer games, involved with CD-ROAU or electronic messaging, modems, fax broadcast services-the list is building daily.
What modem thought is to throw fundamentally into question is the relation of meaning with the form of truth and the form of being: in the firmament of our reflection there reigns a discourse - a perhaps inaccessible discourse -which would at the same time be an ontology and a semantics.
The blue van bumped and weaved over the rutted lanes, passing the dismal shebeens and whorehouses, and then crossed the invisible line from the old into the new section that the same civil servant would describe as comfortable modem bungalows.
Unknown to Titus, inside the modem a minute speck of fly wing dropped by the outgoing Tarantella lay across a vital part of the circuitry.
Crawling out of the modem and into the CD-ROM, Tarantella paused in the drawer and listened.
Titus, inside the modem a minute speck of fly wing dropped by the outgoing Tarantella lay across a vital part of the circuitry.
At least as a technicist she was a valuable evil, a modem necessity--one of those who sit and think.
Agnes had given them into the modem, so that only Britch or Agnes could access their email or phone.
To this Marill attached a crude form of modem, operating at 2,000 bits per second, which he called an automatic dialer.
When he connected me to the modem, his goal was to supplement my technical knowledge of speech -- phonemes, morphemes, syntax, lexicon, prosody, discourse -- with a broad-based knowledge of semantics.
The idea would have given him a chuckle in spite of his scholarly delvings into feminine psychology and those brilliant studies in the parallelisms of primitive superstition and modem neurosis that had already won him a certain professional fame.