Definitions for tunetun, tyun

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tunetun, tyun(n.; v.)tuned, tun•ing.

  1. (n.)a succession of musical sounds forming an air or melody.

    Category: Music and Dance

  2. the state of being in the proper pitch:

    to be in tune.

    Category: Music and Dance

  3. agreement in pitch; unison; harmony.

  4. proper adjustment, as of radio instruments or circuits with respect to frequency.

  5. harmonious relationship; accord; agreement.

  6. (v.t.)to adjust (a musical instrument) to a correct or given standard of pitch (often fol. by up).

    Category: Music and Dance

  7. to bring (someone or something) into harmony or agreement.

  8. to adjust (a motor, mechanism, or the like) for proper functioning.

    Category: Mechanics

  9. to adjust (a radio or television) so as to receive signals from a particular transmitting station.

    Category: Radio and Television

  10. to put into or cause to be in a receptive condition, mood, etc.

  11. (v.i.)to be in harmony or accord; become responsive.

  12. tune in, to adjust a radio or television so as to receive (signals, a particular station, etc.).

    Category: Verb Phrase, Radio and Television

  13. tune out, to adjust a radio or television so as to avoid (static, interference, etc.). Slang. to stop paying attention to.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Common Vocabulary, Radio and Television

  14. tune up, to cause a group of musical instruments to be brought to the same pitch. to bring into proper operating order, as a motor.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Music and Dance

Idioms for tune:

  1. change one's tune, to reverse one's opinions; change one's mind.

    Category: Idiom

  2. sing or whistle a different tune, to contradict one's previous opinions in response to changes in one's circumstances.

    Category: Idiom

  3. to the tune of, in the amount of; for the cost of.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

Origin of tune:

1350–1400; ME (n.); unexplained var. of tone

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tune, melody, air, strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase(noun)

    a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence

    "she was humming an air from Beethoven"

  2. tune(noun)

    the property of producing accurately a note of a given pitch

    "he cannot sing in tune"; "the clarinet was out of tune"

  3. tune(verb)

    the adjustment of a radio receiver or other circuit to a required frequency

  4. tune, tune up(verb)

    adjust for (better) functioning

    "tune the engine"

  5. tune, tune up(verb)

    adjust the pitches of (musical instruments)

    "My piano needs to be tuned"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tune(noun)tun, tyun

    a series of musical notes that sound pleasant; = melody

    I like the tune, but not the words.

  2. tunetun, tyun

    having a strong understanding or connection with

    a politician who is in tune with the country's needs

  3. tunetun, tyun

    emphasizes how large an amount of money is

    He bought himself a big house, to the tune of $4 million.

  4. tune(verb)tun, tyun

    to adjust a musical instrument to make it play the correct notes

    She tuned up her violin.

  5. tunetun, tyun

    to move the controls on a radio to find a station

    He tuned the radio to 98.5.

  6. tunetun, tyun

    to be listening to

    You're tuned to Austin's best rock.

  7. tunetun, tyun

    to adjust an engine so it runs better

    The engine needs tuning.


  1. tune(Noun)

    A melody.

  2. tune(Noun)

    A song, or short musical composition.

  3. tune(Noun)

    The act of tuning or maintenance.

    Your engine needs a good tune.

  4. tune(Noun)

    The state or condition of being correctly tuned.

    Your engine is now in tune.

  5. tune(Verb)

    To modify a musical instrument so that it produces the correct pitches.

  6. tune(Verb)

    To adjust a mechanical, electric or electronic device (such as a radio or a car engine) so that it functions optimally.

  7. tune(Verb)

    To make more precise, intense, or effective.

  8. Origin: From tune, from ton, from tonus, from τονός; see tone, of which tune is a doublet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tune(noun)

    a sound; a note; a tone

  2. Tune(noun)

    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

  3. Tune(noun)

    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

  4. Tune(noun)

    order; harmony; concord; fit disposition, temper, or humor; right mood

  5. Tune(verb)

    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

  6. Tune(verb)

    to give tone to; to attune; to adapt in style of music; to make harmonious

  7. Tune(verb)

    to sing with melody or harmony

  8. Tune(verb)

    to put into a proper state or disposition

  9. Tune(verb)

    to form one sound to another; to form accordant musical sounds

  10. Tune(verb)

    to utter inarticulate harmony with the voice; to sing without pronouncing words; to hum


  1. Tune

    In folk music, a tune is a short instrumental piece, a melody, often with repeating sections, and usually played a number of times. The most common form for tunes in folk music is AABB, also known as binary form. In some traditions, tunes may be strung together in medleys or "sets."

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. tune

    [from automotive or musical usage] To optimize a program or system for a particular environment, esp. by adjusting numerical parameters designed as hooks for tuning, e.g., by changing #define lines in C. One may tune for time (fastest execution), tune for space (least memory use), or tune for configuration (most efficient use of hardware). See hot spot, hand-hacking.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tune' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4341

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tune' in Nouns Frequency: #2026

Anagrams of tune

  1. neut

Translations for tune

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to adjust (a musical instrument, or its strings etc) to the correct pitch

The orchestra tuned their instruments.

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