# module

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### Etymology

From Middle French module, from Latin modulus ‎(a small measure, a measure, mode, meter), diminutive of modus ‎(measure); see mode.

### Noun

module ‎(plural modules)

1. A self-contained component of a system, often interchangeable, which has a well-defined interface to the other components.
2. (architecture) A standard unit of measure used for determining the proportions of a building.
3. (computing) A section of a program; a subroutine or group of subroutines.
• 2001, Phil Jones, Visual Basic: A Complete Course (page 254)
Class modules are similar to form modules except they do not have a visible interface (GUI).
4. A unit of education covering a single topic.
Which modules are you studying next year?
5. A pre-prepared adventure scenario with related materials for a role-playing game.
• 2011, Michael J. Tresca, The Evolution of Fantasy Role-Playing Games (page 81)
Dragonborn [] first appeared in the Dragons of Despair module (1984) for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons as “dragonmen.”
6. (mathematics) An abelian group.
K-'module, ' over K
7. (mathematics) An algebraic structure which behaves just like a vector space over a field F, except that F is replaced by K, a commutative ring with unit.
Any module extends easily into a ${\displaystyle \mathbb {Z} }$-module.
8. (fractal geometry, mathematics) A fractal element.
9. (computing) A file containing a music sequence that can be played in a tracker (called also mod or music module).
10. (hydraulics) A contrivance for regulating the supply of water from an irrigation channel.
11. (astronautics) An independent self-contained unit of a spacecraft.

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