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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
modem
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
cable modem
high-speed computer/network/modem etc
▪ high-speed Internet access
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
external
▪ An external modem is easier to install.
▪ For most users looking to upgrade, the main decision is whether to buy an internal or external modem.
▪ It's quite large as external modems go, and has two serial ports and parallel printer cable at the rear.
▪ I prefer external modems, but an internal is a bit cheaper and will work just fine.
internal
▪ The system will boot remotely via an internal modem.
▪ For most users looking to upgrade, the main decision is whether to buy an internal or external modem.
▪ Each has its advantages and disadvantages. internal modems are the cheapest option.
▪ The only way to reset an internal modem is to restart your computer.
▪ Finally, an internal modem is included for remote diagnosis.
new
▪ Making and using electricity - a salt and battery! New materials for modem society - plastics and synthetic fibres.
▪ Before you get all excited about your new modem, let me tell you a famous law of computing.
▪ And people who have bought modems recently may find they can upgrade those units without having to buy new modems.
▪ But new modems and networks let them communicate over high-capacity cable lines.
■ NOUN
cable
▪ This includes rental of a cable modem.
▪ Check to make sure you meet the minimum requirements for using a cable modem.
▪ Home plans to get its first batch of cable modems from Motorola.
▪ It reiterated that it will work with other cable modem makers, noting that 3Com Corp. will enter the market.
▪ The development of cable modems is also in its infancy.
▪ A cable modem comes as part of the service.
▪ I've found this to be the case-more often than not-with my cable modem service.
▪ I have seen the future and it is a cable modem.
computer
▪ He was talking about computer modems.
fax
▪ The fax modem offers an affordable solution to many of the conventional fax machine's shortcomings.
▪ Both computers had a 28, 800-baud fax modem, 16 megabytes of random-access memory and voice mail / speakerphone capabilities.
▪ If the fax at the other end is a fax modem running UntraFAX, you can send files to the remote machine.
▪ The same applies to a fax card or fax modem.
▪ This machine can send and receive faxes, but it's unlike any other fax modem I've ever seen.
■ VERB
send
▪ I finally spoke to a courteous young man and asked him to send us a replacement modem.
▪ And its system for receiving and sending faxes via modem is one of the best around.
use
▪ He suggests using a dial-back modem which intercepts calls, asks for identification then calls back.
▪ It will continue to use Motorola modems.
▪ If you leave the fax software running, waiting to answer incoming calls, you can't use the data modem as well.
▪ Check to make sure you meet the minimum requirements for using a cable modem.
▪ Online processing of some payments via the Royal Bank's Royline service, again using a dedicated modem link; 3.
▪ If you use a modem, you are using a small neural network.
▪ Home to offer high-speed Internet access starting in Sunnyvale using Motorola modems.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Both computers had a 28, 800-baud fax modem, 16 megabytes of random-access memory and voice mail / speakerphone capabilities.
▪ Error correction is what modems do to compensate when bits get lost or scrambled because the phone connection is less than perfect.
▪ It reiterated that it will work with other cable modem makers, noting that 3Com Corp. will enter the market.
▪ It will continue to use Motorola modems.
▪ The modem software is Bitcom, which allows file transfers using most popular protocols and fits the modems spec well.
▪ The machine also has a built-in facsimile modem.
▪ Viruses can also spread if computers are linked by modems to the outside world.
▪ You can not contract out of your modem statutory job protection rights.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
modem

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.

modem

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
modem

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

Wiktionary
modem

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.

WordNet
modem

n. (from a combination of MOdulate and DEModulate) electronic equipment consisting of a device used to connect computers by a telephone line

Wikipedia
Modem (disambiguation)

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
Modem

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.