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English Dictionary: Module by the DICT Development Group
4 results for Module
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind
    Synonym(s): faculty, mental faculty, module
  2. detachable compartment of a spacecraft
  3. computer circuit consisting of an assembly of electronic components (as of computer hardware)
  4. a self-contained component (unit or item) that is used in combination with other components
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Module \Mod"ule\, n. [F., fr. L. modulus a small measure, dim.
      of modus. See {Mode}, and cf. {Model}, {Modulus}, {Mold} a
      1. A model or measure.
      2. (Arch.) The size of some one part, as the diameter of
            semi-diameter of the base of a shaft, taken as a unit of
            measure by which the proportions of the other parts of the
            composition are regulated. Generally, for columns, the
            semi-diameter is taken, and divided into a certain number
            of parts, called minutes (see {Minute}), though often the
            diameter is taken, and any dimension is said to be so many
            modules and minutes in height, breadth, or projection.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Module \Mod"ule\, v. t. [See {module}, n., {Modulate}.]
      To model; also, to modulate. [Obs.] --Sandys. Drayton.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      1. An independent piece of {software} which
      forms part of one or more larger {programs}.   Different
      languages have different concepts of a module but there are
      several common ideas.
      Modules are usually compiled seperately (in compiled
      languages) and provide an {abstraction} or information hiding
      mechanism so that a module's implementation can be changed
      without requiring any change to other modules.   In this
      respect they are similar to {objects} in an {object-oriented
      language}, though a module may contain many {procedures}
      and/or {functions} which would correspond to many objects.
      A module often has its own {name space} for {identifiers} so
      the same identifier may be used to mean different things in
      different modules.
      [Difference from {package}?].
      2. An independent assembly of electronic components
      with some distinct function, e.g. a RAM module consisting of
      several RAM chips mounted on a small circuit board.
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