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"
the property of producing accurately a note of a given pitch
"he cannot sing in tune"; "the clarinet was out of tune"
the adjustment of a radio receiver or other circuit to a required frequency
tune, tune up(verb)
adjust for (better) functioning
"tune the engine"
tune, tune up(verb)
adjust the pitches of (musical instruments)
"My piano needs to be tuned"
A song, or short musical composition.
The act of tuning or maintenance.
Your engine needs a good tune.
The state or condition of being correctly tuned.
Your engine is now in tune.
To modify a musical instrument so that it produces the correct pitches.
To adjust a mechanical, electric or electronic device (such as a radio or a car engine) so that it functions optimally.
To make more precise, intense, or effective.
Origin: From tune, from ton, from tonus, from τονός; see tone, of which tune is a doublet.
a sound; a note; a tone
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
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
order; harmony; concord; fit disposition, temper, or humor; right mood
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
to give tone to; to attune; to adapt in style of music; to make harmonious
to sing with melody or harmony
to put into a proper state or disposition
to form one sound to another; to form accordant musical sounds
to utter inarticulate harmony with the voice; to sing without pronouncing words; to hum
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."
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
tūn, n. 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. to adjust the tones, as of a musical instrument: to play upon, celebrate in music: to give a certain character to.—adj. Tū′nable.—n. Tū′nableness.—adv. Tū′nably.—adj. Tune′ful, full of tune or harmony: melodious: musical.—adv. Tune′fully.—n. Tune′fulness.—adj. Tune′less, without tune or melody: silent.—ns. Tū′ner, one who tunes or adjusts the sounds of musical instruments: one who makes music, or sings: in organs, an adjustable flap for altering the pitch of the tone; Tū′ning, the art of bringing musical instruments into tune; Tū′ning-fork, a steel two-pronged instrument, designed when set in vibration to give a musical sound of a certain pitch; Tū′ning-hamm′er, a tuning-wrench with hammer attachment for regulating tension in stringed instruments.—Tune up, to begin to sing or play.—Change one's tune, Sing another tune, to alter one's attitude, or one's way of talking; In tune, harmonious; Out of tune, inharmonious; To the tune of, to the amount of. [A doublet of tone.]
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[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
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'tune' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4341
Rank popularity for the word 'tune' in Nouns Frequency: #2026
The numerical value of tune in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of tune in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
It is impossible to experience one's death objectively and still carry a tune.
While many people are trying to be in tune with infinite, what they really are is in tune with the indefinite.
Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul. And sings the tune Without the words, and never stops at all.
If we tune the MRI to detect sugars attached to a particular protein, we can see the difference between normal and cancerous cells.
European Union partners will be spaced out in an optimal way, in a way that is in tune with our bargaining stance in Europe and also with the fiscal position of the Greek state.
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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- melodia, afinar, tonadaCatalan, Valencian
- Melodie, stimmenGerman
- afinar, melodíaSpanish
- virittää, sävel, vire, säätö, ralli, tuunaus, laulelma, sävelmäFinnish
- mélodie, réglerFrench
- mànran, port, gleus, fonnScottish Gaelic
- affinare, registrare, accordare, messa a punto, composizione, mettere a punto, regolare, regolazione, melodiaItalian
- afstemmen, stemmenDutch
- afinar, melodia, tunar, ajustarPortuguese
- настройка, мелодия, настроенныйRussian
- melodi, stämma, låtSwedish
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