• WordNet 3.6
    • v tune adjust the pitches of (musical instruments) "My piano needs to be tuned"
    • v tune adjust for (better) functioning "tune the engine"
    • n tune the adjustment of a radio receiver or other circuit to a required frequency
    • n tune the property of producing accurately a note of a given pitch "he cannot sing in tune","the clarinet was out of tune"
    • n tune a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
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Tuning scheme Tuning scheme

Webster's Revised Unabridged 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 (Mus) A rhythmical, melodious, symmetrical series of tones for one voice or instrument, or for any number of voices or instruments in unison, or two or more such series forming parts in harmony; a melody; an air; as, a merry tune; a mournful tune; a slow tune; a psalm tune. See Air.
    • Tune A sound; a note; a tone. "The tune of your voices."
    • Tune Order; harmony; concord; fit disposition, temper, or humor; right mood. "A child will learn three times as much when he is in tune , as when he . . . is dragged unwillingly to [his task]."
    • Tune (Mus) The state of giving the proper sound or sounds; just intonation; harmonious accordance; pitch of the voice or an instrument; adjustment of the parts of an instrument so as to harmonize with itself or with others; as, the piano, or the organ, is not in tune .
    • Tune To form one sound to another; to form accordant musical sounds. "Whilst tuning to the water's fall,
      The small birds sang to her."
    • Tune To give tone to; to attune; to adapt in style of music; to make harmonious. "For now to sorrow must I tune my song."
    • Tune To put into a proper state or disposition.
    • Tune To put into a state adapted to produce the proper sounds; to harmonize, to cause to be in tune; to correct the tone of; as, to tune a piano or a violin. "Tune your harps."
    • Tune To sing with melody or harmony. "Fountains, and ye, that warble, as ye flow,
      Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise."
    • Tune To utter inarticulate harmony with the voice; to sing without pronouncing words; to hum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Nags Headm North Carolina you can be fined for singing out of tune for more than ninety seconds.
    • tune In elect, to bring (two or more electric circuits) into resonance; adjust to syntony; make the natural frequency for electrical oscillations in (one circuit) equal to the frequency in another circuit by adjustments of inductance and capacity.
    • tune In psychophysics, to adjust physiologically to respond in an individual way to determinate intensities of stimulus: said (in the passive) of the pressure, warmth, cold, and pain ‘spots’ of the skin.
    • n tune A sound, especially a musical tone.
    • n tune A well-rounded and pleasing succession of tones; an air; a melody; especially, a brief melodic piece in simple metrical form. The term is often extended to include the harmony with which such a melody is accompanied.
    • n tune Specifically A musical setting of a hymn, usually in four-part harmony, intended for use in public worship; a hymn-tune; chorale.
    • n tune Same as entr'acte. Sometimes called an acttune.
    • n tune Correct intonation in singing or playing on an instrument; capacity for producing tones in correct intonation; the proper construction or adjustment of a musical instrument with reference to such intonation; mutual adaptation of voices or instruments in pitch and temperament.
    • n tune Frame of mind; mood; temper, especially temper for the time being: as, to be in tune (to be in the right disposition, or fit temper or humor).
    • n tune In phrenology, one of the perceptive faculties, of which the organ is said to be situated above the external angle of the orbit of the eye, as high as the middle of the forehead, on each side of the temporal ridge. This faculty is claimed to give the perception of melody or harmony. See phrenology.
    • tune To adjust the tones of (a voice or a musical instrument) with reference to a correct or given standard of pitch or temperament. See tuning.
    • tune To play upon; produce melody or harmony from.
    • tune To express by means of melody or harmony: celebrate in music.
    • tune To give a special tone or character to; attune.
    • tune To put into a state proper for any purpose, or adapted to produce a particular effect.
    • tune To bring into uniformity or harmony.
    • tune To give forth musical sound.
    • tune To accord with some correct or given standard of pitch or temperament.
    • tune To utter inarticulate musical sounds with the voice; sing without using words; hum a tune.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The final episode of M*A*S*H ranks as the most watched television program of any kind in United States history. An estimated 50,150,000 people tuned in on February 28, 1983. That amounted to 60.2% of all households with a television. Second on the list was the “Who Shot J.R.” episode of Dallas.
    • n Tune tūn a melodious succession of notes or chords in a particular key: the relation of notes and intervals to each other causing melody: state of giving the proper sound: harmony: a melody or air: frame of mind, temper
    • v.t Tune to adjust the tones, as of a musical instrument: to play upon, celebrate in music: to give a certain character to
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  • Wayne Dyer
    “Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.”
  • Sigmund Z. Engel
    Sigmund Z. Engel
    “The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.”
  • Rowland Hill
    Rowland Hill
    “Why should the devil have all the good tunes?”
  • Eric Butterworth
    “While many people are trying to be in tune with infinite, what they really are is in tune with the indefinite.”
  • Eliza Cook
    Eliza Cook
    “Oh, how cruelly sweet are the echoes that start when memory plays an old tune on the heart!”


Call the tune - The person who calls the tune makes the important decisions about something.
Change your tune - If someone changes their ideas or the way they talk about them, they change their tune.
Fine tuning - Small adjustments to improve something or to get it working are called fine tuning.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A variant of tone,


In literature:

What is the tune it is playing?
"Europe After 8:15" by H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
Wagner abhorred the mere tune for the sake of tune.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Billy Woods had a good ear for tunes.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Near the sacred spot he paused and the tune died on his lips.
"A Son of the Hills" by Harriet T. Comstock
They sang songs in their loud clear voices, or whistled merry tunes.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
This experience is common to all folk-tune collectors.
"The Shanty Book, Part I, Sailor Shanties" by Richard Runciman Terry
Garlock dropped the tuned group, but Belle took it over.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
The piano wants tuning, I'm thinking!
"Big Game" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Reeds that are leathered cannot be depended upon; atmospheric changes affect them and put them out of tune.
"The Recent Revolution in Organ Building" by George Laing Miller
To be happy, we must be in tune with the infinite within us, in harmony with our better selves.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden

In poetry:

Strummer of the lyre
Maker of the tune,
Give me a desire--
Bless me with a boon.
"The Poem Speaks" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Life, that flieth like a tune,
Left his eyes,
As an April afternoon
Leaves the skies.
"James Lionel Michael" by Henry Kendall
Nigh is thy tuneful mate,
Singing with glee;
Hopeful thy tuneful mate,
Hope gladdens thee:
"Songs Of The Season" by Alexander Bathgate
Arise, my soul; awake, my voice,
And tunes of pleasure sing;
Loud hallelujahs shall address
My Savior and my King.
"Hymn 82" by Isaac Watts
Like the song of the lark or linnet,
That's singing early and soon,
His foot had the music in it
Like an old tune.
"His Footstep" by Katharine Tynan
The blooming earth so glad below--
The fragrant flowers--the streams that flow--
The tuneful birds--would bid us know,
"There is a God."
"There Is A God" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

"Almost floral" is how Mr Ripert described the nuanced flavor for which they are highly prized—to the tune of $35 a pound.
Come join us in the merriment today, a fusion of: classic seasonal tunes, our favorite xmas pop hits, and some hipster holiday compositions.
Network tunes in with new branding campaign.
'Footloose' remake a good tune-up.
Just in case you missed the searing set Gainesville, Florida's Against Me cooked up at Spin 's summer BBQ earlier this month, here's live video footage of the four boys cranking out as many new tunes from their brand new Sire debut, New Wave.
Air Force clarinet ensemble has tunes for every taste.
Tune in next fall for the answer.
Bonobo The Plug Live Sessions ep Ninja Tune.
Did you tune in to last night's episode of Dallas.
' The tune comes in at No.
AfterShokz give your tunes an expressway to your skull.
Tune into the Impact this week to win tickets to see the SOLD OUT Dashboard Confessional show on Friday, December 17 at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac.
IF YOU TUNED in to the presidential race this final week, you probably read that George W Bush is winning.
Viewers tuning into TV in record numbers.
But how does she fare when she takes on another band's tunes.

In science:

A, and by tuning A one can study the critical point at which this gap vanishes.
Characteristic polynomials of random matrices at edge singularities
GeV/c beam tunes, contains a large fraction of electrons.
Studies of the Response of the Prototype CMS Hadron Calorimeter, Including Magnetic Field Effects, to Pion, Electron, and Muon Beams
In this case the attractor dimension can be tuned by the parameter β between the values one and N .
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics
This closes the argument of interpreting conditions (16) and (17) as fine-tunings of the cosmological constant.
Fine-Tuning of the Cosmological Constant in Brane Worlds
T+ = T− = − The amount of fine-tuning implied by these conditions is again determined by the deviation of the vacuum energy on the brane from the observed value.
Fine-Tuning of the Cosmological Constant in Brane Worlds