Definition of module noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɒdjuːl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːdʒuːl//
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  1. 1a unit that can form part of a course of study, especially at a college or university in Britain The course consists of ten core modules and five optional modules. See related entries: Exams and degrees, Study routes
  2. 2(computing) a unit of a computer system or program that has a particular function See related entries: Computer programming
  3. 3one of a set of separate parts or units that can be joined together to make a machine, a piece of furniture, a building, etc.
  4. 4a unit of a spacecraft that can function independently of the main part the lunar module
  5. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the senses ‘allotted scale’ and ‘plan, model’): from French, or from Latin modulus ‘measure’, diminutive of modus. Current senses date from the 1950s.Extra examples Participants who complete 10 online modules will receive their certificates in June. The course material is divided into four modules. You can buy memory modules to increase storage capacity. the tiny command module of the spaceship Each student takes five modules. New software modules include a virtual memory tool. Photographs were taken from a lunar module Ships are now built in modules rather than built in a whole from the base up.
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