tune up

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tune up adjust the pitches of (musical instruments) "My piano needs to be tuned"
    • v tune up adjust for (better) functioning "tune the engine"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Keeping your car tuned up is a good way to save on gas. A car that is tuned up is 9% more efficient on gasoline.
    • Tune up to begin to sing or play
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “The Angels were all singing out of tune, and hoarse with having little else to do, excepting to wind up the sun and moon or curb a runaway young star or two.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A doublet of tone.

Usage

In literature:

I walked up and down a little, and hummed a tune or two.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 1 (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Nothing like a few kicks up and down the deck to a well-played old tune, to get rid of it all.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
And now the musicians struck up a lively tune.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
Can't one of you strike up a tune, and see if that don't help us along.
"The Cruise of the Dainty" by William H. G. Kingston
Several times during the day Jack made excuses for coming up from the harbour, and each tune brought his ample pockets full of rope.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
It was allus some big black nigger wid a deep bass voice like a frog dat ud start up de tune.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
I've caught up with my reading, and Mihul has put me through two of her tune-up commando courses.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz
The band at the anarchists' ball is tuning up for the last dance.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
John understood, and a new tune was struck up.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
Alphonse at length succeeded in getting out his bow and violin, and without saying a word, struck up a French tune.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
The humming of the wheels on the sleeper coming up gave me the tune.
"Blacksheep! Blacksheep!" by Meredith Nicholson
Then while she mixed the icing up, she'd hum a simple tune, An' one of us would bar the plate, an' one would bar the spoon.
"The Path to Home" by Edgar A. Guest
Vangy sat down to the organ, and John tuned up his fiddle, and they started.
"Mitch Miller" by Edgar Lee Masters
As they entered there Lieutenant Mackinson was busily engaged in "tuning up" his instruments.
"The Brighton Boys in the Radio Service" by James R. Driscoll
They are all tuned up to a different sound; so are the sheep.
"The Wrong Woman" by Charles D. Stewart
Nose after nose lifts up its tuneful oratory, until the place is vocal.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, May 1844" by Various
I've given up the idea of producing a new version of that tune for the Lord-Lieutenant.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
And if I listened hard, I could hear the big clock in the hall take up the tune like a duet.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
The sun was just rimming the mountains when he began to tune up his automobile.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
An autumn wind came up and set the bare woodbine sprays to beating on the window, to the tune of nearing snow.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
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In poetry:

"Sometimes it sounds for turning wheels,--
A circus coming into town,--
And then the tune gets in my heels
And shakes them up and down.
"July" by Nancy Byrd Turner
The cluds grew grim as he watched their game,
Th' win' blew up an angry tune;
Ane efter are tuik up her kaim,
And seaward gaed dancin doon.
"The Mermaid" by George MacDonald
Alas, 'tis cold and dark!
The wind all night hath sung a wintry tune!
Hail from black clouds that swallowed up the moon
Beat, beat against my bark.
"The Tree's Prayer" by George MacDonald
"There's a new dance is startin'," says I to her then;
"Will ye dance it wi' me?"
An' the fiddles tuned up, an' we danced once again,
An' forgot the cold sea.
"Sailor's Mourner" by Bill Adams
I folded me up in the heart of his tune,
And fell asleep with the sinking moon;
I woke with the day's first golden gleam,
And, lo, I had dreamed a precious dream!
"A Song In The Night: A brown bird sang on a blossomy tre" by George MacDonald
The falling of a fixed star.
Yound men does bring love to disgrace
With remorseful, regretful words,
When flesh upon flesh was the tune
Since the first cloud raise up to disclose
The breast of the naked moon.
"Parang" by Derek Walcott

In news:

The July 2011 issue of The Writer includes articles about how to give your fiction a tune-up.
Hodnett wins Open tune-up at Grove.
Win Tickets Aboard the Sunday Kiss Moonlight Cruise with Tune-Up.
NIU, Kent State win easily in final tune-ups for MAC title game.
Team USA rolls past Spain in Olympic tune-up.
Projecting the 53-Man Roster : The Final Tune-Up.
Get Your Free Bike Tune-Up This Week.
To the Santa Anita main track for final tune-ups Oct 30.
And tunes up NOLA Radio.
To catch a speeder, Arizona tunes up state highways.
The Everett AquaSox had two big innings -- the latter of which gave them a six-run lead -- but the Frogs could not hold off a resilient Boise team in their final tune-up before the Northwest League playoffs begin.
Bees, Bears tune up for run at softball championship.
Now it's time to get it tuned up.
They specialize in virus and spyware removal, tune-ups, anti-virus protection and online data backup.
Many visitors packed the pits last night at the Knoxville Raceway as the 360s got their final tune up before the 360 Nationals this week.
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In science:

In addition, an input DAC allows tuning of the detector gain by varying the operating voltage up to 5 V.
Calorimetry for Lepton Collider Experiments - CALICE results and activities
However, choice of penalization set-up and the setting of tuning parameters can be non-trivial.
Network-based clustering with mixtures of L1-penalized Gaussian graphical models: an empirical investigation
Although much of the physics remains in parameterised form — notably convection and dredge-up — evolutionary models can be tuned to reproduce the carbon star luminosity function quite well (Marigo et al. 1999).
Pulsating AGB stars in the LMC
The cross section calculations are reasonably stable at NLO and there is good agreement with the data for inclusive and one-jet final states; the data with up to four jets agrees with the LO calculation after some scale tuning.
Summary and Highlights of the 14th Topical Conference on Hadron Collider Physics (HCP2002)
Present tunings between the different Monte Carlo (PYTHIA, PHOJET, HERWIG) show differences up to a factor six concerning the average multiplicity of charged particles as a function of the pT of the leading jet as an example, and it is crucial to tune the Monte Carlo to accomplish fully the LHC program.
Understanding the structure of the proton: From HERA and Tevatron to LHC
The bandwidth and gain parameters of the lock-in amplifier are tuned up by observing the locked laser spectrum on a medium finesse scanning Fabry-Perot cavity.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
In practice, the probe pulse exposure times are tuned up experimentally with experiment sequences illustrated in Figure 5.9.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
Figure 5.9: Experimental method for tuning up probe pulse timing.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
To avoid the build up of resonance, this number, called the tune (Q), should not be an integer.
The super-LHC
Extrapolations of the UE contributions to events at LHC energies vary widely such that an early determination of its size and the tuning of the MC generators is an important start-up measurement.
QCD Physics Potential of CMS
The disagreement with respect to tune DW is up to 20%.
THE TOOLS AND MONTE CARLO WORKING GROUP Summary Report from the Les Houches 2009 Workshop on TeV Colliders
The algorithms are tuned to reproduce the central and fragmentation regions data up to p ¯p collider energies, and with no further adjustments they are extrapolated several orders of magnitude.
From 3K to $10^{20}$eV
Clearly, the voltage amplification ratio ∂U2/∂U1 can be tuned to extremely high values. A more complex setup built up of three nanotubes coupled to each other in a star-like manner is shown in Fig. 7.
Transport and Coulomb drag for two interacting carbon nanotubes
This allows for continuous tuning of Up over a wide range.
Tunable pinning of a superconducting vortex a by a magnetic vortex
Tuning of sensor thickness was found to contribute up to 5% over the layout optimized value.
SiD Letter of Intent
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