v. tone down in intensity; regulate; change from one key to another
Always singing at the top of her lungs, the budding Brunhilde never learned to modulate her voice.
Sentence in Classic:
She looked at Lily as the latter approached: her look was terrible, but her voice was modulated to a ghastly cheerfulness.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
Ashley began to read the prayers and all heads bowed as his resonant, beautifully modulated voice rolled out the brief and dignified words.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
Suddenly, on the barrow, there mingled with all this wild rhetoric of night a sound which modulated so naturally into the rest that its beginning and ending were hardly to be distinguished.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy Context
However flattering this compliment, the officer made no reply; but drawing from his belt a little silver whistle, such as boatswains use in ships of war, he whistled three times, with three different modulations.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS By Alexandre Dumas Context
His full rich voice was not found to suffer by a comparison with the soft tones of the girls; and his more modulated strains possessed, at least for the ears of those to whom they were peculiarly addressed, the additional power of intelligence.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context