fine-tune

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fine-tune make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring "calibrate an instrument","graduate a cylinder"
    • v fine-tune adjust finely "fine-tune the engine"
    • v fine-tune improve or perfect by pruning or polishing "refine one's style of writing"
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Idioms

Fine tuning - Small adjustments to improve something or to get it working are called fine tuning.
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Usage

In literature:

The musicians had spent all their fine frenzy by now, and played only one tune, wearily, ploddingly.
"The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair
Male energy, he frequently complained, very much affected his finely tuned, delicate sensibilities.
"Take Me for a Ride" by Mark E. Laxer
He had a fine voice, and he managed it with such art that it became like a perfectly tuned instrument in the hands of a musician.
"Jasmin: Barber, Poet, Philanthropist" by Samuel Smiles
She could hear the sea bells ringing in those menacing depths, but Donald's ears were not so finely tuned.
"Her Father's Daughter" by Gene Stratton-Porter
This is one of the reasons why the square piano does not, as a rule, admit of as fine tuning as the upright.
"Piano Tuning" by J. Cree Fischer
There is also a fine processional tune sung in the English Church to Perronet's hymn.
"The Story of the Hymns and Tunes" by Theron Brown and Hezekiah Butterworth
Turkey Pompous said he had a fine bass voice, but no ear for tune.
"Queer Stories for Boys and Girls" by Edward Eggleston
Of the infinite number of verses to this fine tune hardly one is printable.
"The Shanty Book, Part I, Sailor Shanties" by Richard Runciman Terry
What of those fine ears tuned to the most exquisite appreciation of sweet sound?
"The Untroubled Mind" by Herbert J. Hall
My heart would swell, the tune upon my lip would cease, my eyes would blur foolishly, looking on that prospect most magic and fine.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
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In poetry:

Your "Banks and Braes of Bonnie Doon"
Is sweet and melodious in its tune,
And the poetry is moral and sublime,
And in my opinion nothing can be more fine.
"Robert Burns" by William Topaz McGonagall
A YOUTH sat down on a wayside stone,
A pack on his back and a staff at his knee.
He whistled a tune which he called his own,
"It's a fine new tune, that tune!" said he.
"Possession" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
We sing the beautiful, the radiant life
That shone amongst us like the quiet moon,
A fine exception in this sphere of strife,
Whose time went by us like a hallowed tune.
"In Memoriam — Nicol Drysdale Stenhouse" by Henry Kendall
There's ae guid turn ye did for me,
An' I acknowledge't full an' free,
In praisin' up the barley bree
"In tuneful line;"
Nae bard but you its praise could gie
In words sae fine
"Answer to Burn's Address To The De'il" by Nora Pembroke
A roaring old song of the ships and the men
In fine days departed which come not again . . .
With the chink of the glasses came drifting the tune
And the smell of the drinks out of Murphy’s saloon.
"The Old Shellback" by Cicely Fox Smith
When through the streets I walk about
My subjects stand and kiss their hands,
And raise a fine metallic shout,
Wave flags and warble tunes on bands,
While bunting hangs on ev'ry front, --
With my commands to let it bunt.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham

In news:

Lexicon 's software mixer includes a dbx compressor, limiter, gate, and equalizer on each channel and permits users to adjust levels and apply dbx dynamics for mixing and fine-tuning recordings in real time with zero latency.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra fine-tunes Mahler 's 2nd.
I have been blessed to work with a creative, dedicated and supportive local realtor and her competent and fine-tuned "Team Simmons," who remained steadfast at navigating a very complicated sale of my home.
Lifting the Threshold between Life and Death: SUMO and HDAC Fine-Tune HIPK2 to Sense Redox Status p382.
How to Fine-tune Operator Hiring, Training and Motivating .
Muck Rack Fine Tunes Twitter for PR.
DxO Optics Pro v5's new RAW conversion engine has been fine-tuned and optimized with the rest of the software's automated image enhancement features ( optical corrections, color rendering, exposure optimization, highlight recovery, etc.
And a real connection to a community that loves the orchestra 's fine-tuned blend of pops, holiday and classical fare.
The team is working to fine-tune the bacteria, the growth medium and operational parameters.
From implementing new programs to fine-tuning partnerships that have been in place for some time, colleges and universities are finding industry partners eager to address pressing campus needs.
For some winners, their reward is not just about hitting new yield highs, but about fine-tuning their production practices.
Fine-tune your position at the rising trot, and fix six major flaws for both hunt seat and dressage riders.
He fine tunes instrument to make its ebony and ivory keys harmonious.
That also would explain why the blade's unfinished: It could have been fine-tuned later, as need arose.
Rowland tunes up with victory over Monrovia December basketball is all about fine tuning and prepping for the upcoming league season.
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In science:

Figure 5: Fine-tuning as a function of λ and ǫ.
Higgs as a pseudo-Goldstone boson, the mu problem and gauge-mediated supersymmetry breaking
However, fine tuning of the threshold poses an insurmountable timeconsuming problem and can never be done properly. For example, if tuning of bias to value of 0.1 requires 10 seconds, then tuning to 10 times lower value (0.01) would take 100 times longer (the required time scales as square of improvement ratio).
Quantum random number generators and their use in cryptography
The simplest solution to the fine-tuning problem, and the favorite among scientific experts, is that our universe is just one in a multitude of universes and we just happen to live in the one suited for us.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
Nor, to my knowledge, has anyone on the long list of reputable physicists and cosmologists who Barnes insists believe in fine-tuning.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
However, there is no reason to limit ourselves to earthly life but consider the possibility of other forms of life, carbon-based or otherwise. Depending on what you count, about thirty parameters are generally suggested as being fine-tuned.
Defending The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning
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