Definition of detune in English:


Line breaks: de¦tune
Pronunciation: /diːˈtjuːn


[with object]
  • 1Cause (a musical instrument) to become out of tune.
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    • It's a dark and compelling mix ending in a brilliant death disco anthem; Sonar Tim, freed from his usual position behind the drum kit, is on his knees on the floor, tuning and detuning his guitar as he beats the strings.
    • So to sing it successfully I've had to detune my guitar by one tone.
    • Or simply detuning his guitar until the strings fell off.
  • 2 (usually as adjective detuned) Reduce the performance or efficiency of (a motor vehicle or engine) by adjustment: a slightly detuned version of a professional rally racer
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    • This is a slightly detuned, more refined version of the 147/156 GTA motor, and its easy, creamy power delivery lets you amble at low speeds without demanding a downshift if the traffic suddenly vanishes.
    • Bruins' team had detuned the car slightly to be on the safe side, and it ‘went crazy’ at the 1-2 shift, allowing Don Garlits to sneak past for a 6.36 to 6.40 victory.
    • Engines were being detuned and within another year bigger engines were being dropped.
  • 3Change the frequency of (an oscillatory system such as a laser) away from a state of resonance: diode lasers can be detuned faster than standard lasers
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    • One study compared massage with detuned laser therapy as placebo, and the other trials compared massage with various other physical treatments such as acupuncture or spinal manipulation.
    • If we detune laser A from resonance the symmetry is destroyed.

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