untune

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v untune cause to be out of tune "Don't untune that string!"
    • v untune cause to lose one's composure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Untune To make incapable of harmony, or of harmonious action; to put out of tune.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Untune un-tūn′ to put out of tune: to disorder or confuse
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + tune,

Usage

In literature:

It was the sound of a big man clearing his throat; and just then a hoarse, untuneful voice broke into singing.
"The Black Arrow a Tale of Two Roses" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Untuned ears hear nothing but discord.
"Anarchism and Other Essays" by Emma Goldman
Now both the Newhaven men and their rivals are agreed that this song lifts them through more work than untuned fishermen can manage.
"Christie Johnstone" by Charles Reade
The mullah's voice, not untuneful was rousing all the valley echoes in the call to prayer.
"King--of the Khyber Rifles" by Talbot Mundy
They untune and dissipate the brave aspirant.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 1, Issue 2, December, 1857" by Various
Robert's ear, in particular, was remarkably dull, and his voice untunable.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
Take but degree away, untune that string, And, hark, what discord follows!
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
A howl of untuneful applause went up.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
As well ask me to play in concert on an untuned instrument.
"A Woman's Will" by Anne Warner
Take but degree away, untune the string, And hark, what discord follows!
"Tolstoy on Shakespeare" by Leo Tolstoy
In a harsh, untuneful voice he began to chant an old coon-ditty.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Some brakes were drawn up in the road, and I heard loud voices raised in untuneful mirth.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Far from it, they are too often the victims of an untuneful tenor or bass.
"The Boy's Voice" by J. Spencer Curwen
This untuned us all, and we separated at an early hour.
"Specimens of German Romance" by Carl Franz van der Velde
These things "come not by observation"; but Dumas, like Scott, had a mind not untuned to such themes, though not superstitious.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
It was the sound of a big man clearing his throat; and just then a hoarse, untuneful voice broke into singing.
"The Black Arrow" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Take but degree away, untune that string, And, hark, what discord follows!
"Cannibals all!" by George Fitzhugh
When he came up, he saluted them in a harsh and untuned voice, but with a civil air.
"The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Robert's ear, in particular, was remarkably dull, and his voice untunable.
"Life of Robert Burns" by Thomas Carlyle
For an ear untuned and untuning, here is one that listens out harmonies which you, languid or inept, might not discern.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 64 No. 396 October 1848" by Various
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In poetry:

I would, but cannot sing,
Guilt has untuned my voice;
The serpent sin's envenomed sting
Has poisoned all my joys.
"The Good That I Would I Do Not" by John Newton
You bid the minstrel strike the lute,
And wake once more a soothing tone--
Alas! its strings, untuned, are mute,
Or only echo moan for moan.
"Remembrance" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
For to prolong one joy, or even to dwell
On one rich chord of pain,
Beyond the pulse of the song, would untune heaven
And drown the stars in death.
"The Symphony" by Alfred Noyes
My harp on a lonely grave is laid,
Untuned, unstrung, it will lie there long,
If you bring flowers alone dear maid
Without bringing the spirit of song
"To J W" by Nora Pembroke
All sweet and various things do lend themselves
And blend and intermix in her rare soul,
As chorded notes, which were untuneful else,
Clasp each the other in a perfect whole.
"A Portrait" by Susan Coolidge
Prayer is the secret, to myself I said,
Strong supplication must call down the charm,
And thus with untuned heart I feebly prayed,
Knocking at Heaven's gate with earth-palsied arm.
"Dedication" by John Keble

In news:

Scientists are leaving no string untuned in their attempt to unravel the secrets of the Stradivarius.
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In science:

These “unpitched” or “untuned” percussion instruments are played for rhythm only.
Music in Terms of Science
For comparison, the untuned accuracy figures are shown with dotted lines. A marked improvement is observed for the adjacency model, while the dependency model is only slightly improved.
Corpus Statistics Meet the Noun Compound: Some Empirical Results
The generalized model with Nmess messenger pairs generates a relatively untuned spectrum (although some tuning is required), and a Landau pole is generated in the right place for flavor-violating physics to enter the low-energy picture and provide an MRSSM solution to the flavor puzzle.
R-symmetric Gauge Mediation and the MRSSM
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