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module (n.)

1580s, "allotted measure," a sense now obsolete, from French module (1540s) or directly from Latin modulus "small measure," diminutive of modus "measure, manner" (from PIE root *med- "take appropriate measures").

Sense of "a standard measure to regulate proportions" is from 1620s. Meaning "interchangeable part" is recorded by 1955, via the notion of "length chosen as the basis for the dimensions of parts of a building, etc." (1936); that of "separate section of a spacecraft" is from 1961.

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Definitions of module from WordNet

module (n.)
one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind;
Synonyms: faculty / mental faculty
module (n.)
detachable compartment of a spacecraft;
module (n.)
computer circuit consisting of an assembly of electronic components (as of computer hardware);
module (n.)
a self-contained component (unit or item) that is used in combination with other components;
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