• WordNet 3.6
    • n tune-up adjustments made to an engine to improve its performance
    • n tune-up exercising in preparation for strenuous activity
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  • Lord Byron
    “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.”


In literature:

She didn't want any more tuning-up, she wanted to break right out.
"The Bostonians, Vol. I (of II)" by Henry James
Already the theatre was full and the orchestra was tuning up.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
The order was given, and all tuned up.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
It is common with those who are far gone in this tuneful disorder to set up late o' nights and tipple coffee.
"Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, March 1844" by Various
I made up tunes for the songs which I liked best.
"Marie Claire" by Marguerite Audoux
But Bill drew the bow across the strings in the same way that Daddy always did when tuning up.
"Prairie Folks" by Hamlin Garland
But Bill drew the bow across the strings with the same stroke that Daddy always used when tuning up.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
Tuned up the cars and were off again in two or three days, to the job.
"Short Stories of Various Types" by Various
No sooner was the repast ended, than he desired his piper to strike up a tune.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
Let the gipsy musicians strike up my tune as we march along; and let two heydukes hold my horse when I mount.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai

In poetry:

"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
So fretting she sat from December to June,
While Sandy, poor soul, to a funeral-tune
Would beat out his hard, heavy leather, until
He set himself up, and got strength to be still.
"Sandy Macleod" by Alice Cary
For at rich midnight all the bells
Of all the valley-lilies rang a tune
Like moonlight up and down the dells,
And June
As a naked maiden thro' the shades
Slipt thro' the woods and took her throne.
"Ballad" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Go on and up! Our souls and eyes
Shall follow thy continuous rise;
Our ears shall list thy story
From bards who from thy root shall spring,
And proudly tune their lyres to sing
Of Ethiopia's glory.
"Ode to Ethiopia" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Go, little birds, it gives me pain
To hear your happy melodies!
My plaudits you can never gain
With old and worn-out tunes like these;
More up-to-date your songs must be
Ere you can merit praise from me.
"To The Birds" by Peter McArthur

In news:

From oil changes, to tune ups and everything in between, cars can be an expensive necessity.
In the Olympic tune-up game between the USA and Brazil, the Obamas were captured on the "kiss cam", and they complied.
Pierce County Match-UP: Tuning up your body with BeHive Massage Therapy.
"It was kind of a tune-up game for us before Districts," Wendinger said.
New organist tunes up for Sox opener.
Three-time national junior champion John Orozco added the Winter Cup title to his resume, putting together six solid routines Saturday night to win one of the year's first tune-up events on the road to the London Olympics.
Want the performance of a new engine brake for the cost of a a tune-up.
A full tune-up will pay dividends.
New brakes, tires and tune-up.
Central New York students can tune up their composing skills during Young Composers Corner, part of Cazenovia Counterpoint.
Entertainment Tonight is getting a tune-up.
Don't be so quick to order a tune up for NASCAR.
Pigeon Forge and Seymour tuned up Tuesday in a five way meet at Seymour while Sevier County prepped with a meet at Powell.
The 21st Century Tune-Up by Standard Motor Products, Inc consists of a customer interview and a series of 18 "quick test" vehicle inspections, followed by diagnostic testing as needed.
Check out this 1963 Chevy II Station Wagon that is getting a tune-up from Westech in Mira Loma, California.

In science:

As we saw in Section 8.1 one has to tune the coefficients of the effective superpotential only up to cubic order in an expansion around the candidate metastable point.
Topological Strings and Quantum Curves
Moreover, the degree of the power law distribution can be tuned up by choosing the appropriate intensity.
Traffic Analysis in Random Delaunay Tessellations and Other Graphs
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