What does tune mean?

Definitions for tunetun, tyun

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tune.

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"


  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."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tune

    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

  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.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tune in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tune in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Timothy Leary:

    Turn on, tune in, drop out

  2. Timothy Leary:

    Turn on, tune in and drop out.

  3. Leslie West:

    If you can't play in tune, don't play!

  4. Miguel de Cervantes:

    Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.

  5. Cliven Bundy:

    In general, I think we're in tune with each other.

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