- A melody, especially one which characterizes a certain piece of music: she left the theatre humming a cheerful tuneMore example sentences
- Jayachandran dismisses the allegation that some of the music composers lift the tune from old songs.
- For the fanfares and songs, the music director used tunes from Byrd's Battle and other programmatic courtly pieces.
- The music was some catchy tunes by Richard Rodgers that my friend and I were humming incessantly!
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- 1Adjust (a musical instrument) to the correct or uniform pitch: he tuned the harp for me [no object]: we could hear the band tuning upMore example sentences
- It will take money to tune the pianos, but that is far less than what it would cost to purchase a new piano.
- Now this isn't the only way to tune musical instruments.
- Advertisements for a piano tuning school pictured a woman tuning an upright piano.
- 2Adjust (a receiver circuit such as a radio or television) to the frequency of the required signal: the radio was tuned to the BBCMore example sentences
- Some radio telescopes can be tuned to this frequency, but some simply can't.
- This Radio is tuned to ‘inspirational’ easy listening and that's all we get.
- One radio was tuned to the tanker-control frequency and the other radio directly to the tanker.
- 2.1 [no object] (tune in) Watch or listen to a television or radio broadcast: tune in next week and find out!More example sentences
- Louise ruefully confessed she rarely tunes in to watch television these days.
- Listeners can also tune in to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire who will broadcast from many of the buildings on the day.
- Millions of fans will be tuning in to watch the match on television.
- 2.2 (tune something out) Exclude a sound or transmission of a particular frequency: certain tones would be muted or tuned out entirelyMore example sentences
- There's such an overload of environmental messages that people are tuning it out.
- Brooke tuned their conversation out, her thoughts focusing on Duncan.
- Brooke tuned the voice out at that point.
- 3Adjust (an engine) or balance (mechanical parts) so that a vehicle runs smoothly and efficiently: the suspension was tuned for a softer rideMore example sentences
- What a difference in performance when your body, like your vehicle, is finely tuned and ‘adjusted’.
- If you show me a dad who thinks he's a great car mechanic, I will show you a badly tuned engine.
- Before tuning the engine, you must use a fuel injector additive to improve injection.
- 4Adjust or adapt (something) to a particular purpose or situation: the animals are finely tuned to life in the desert
call the tune
- see call.
change one's tune
- see change.
in (or out of) tune
- With correct (or incorrect) pitch or intonation: they couldn’t sing a note in tuneMore example sentences
- Its musicians are in tune with Morricone's music.
- Worshippers are encouraged to be careful about diction, stay in tune, sing exact note values, and avoid forcing the sound.
- Central is a grand piano which was apparently always out of tune in Tchaikovsky's day.
- (Of a motor engine or other machine) properly (or poorly) adjusted.More example sentences
- Exploiting the carburetor's consistency achieves little if the engine is out of tune.
- Did you know that by keeping your car's engine in tune you would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5-15%?
- Keeping your engine in tune is also a gas-saver.
- In (or not in) agreement or harmony: he was out of tune with conventional beliefMore example sentences
- The urban radio stations talking about ‘peace in the streets ‘are out of tune with reality.’
- Martin Dunne: ‘Central policy makers are totally out of tune with the views of the people around the country.’
- It just seemed to us that the politicians - all of them, in all the different parties - are out of tune with how ordinary people feel about this.
there's many a good tune played on an old fiddle
- • proverb Someone’s abilities do not depend on their being young.More example sentences
- Now, I know there's many a good tune played on an old fiddle and all that, but not if the strings are that slack.
to the tune of
- • informal Amounting to or involving (a specified considerable sum): he was in debt to the tune of forty thousand poundsMore example sentences
- During the first two months of the financial year the trust has already overspent to the tune of £208,000.
- Three businesses in South Lakeland have received grants to the tune of £3,000.
- The report also shows the Cathedral is in the black to the tune of £113,000.
be tuned in
- • informal Be sensitive to or able to understand something: it’s important to be tuned in to your child’s needsMore example sentences
- The cable industry is tuned in to the complaints about indecency.
- In true Mediterranean spirit, the production is tuned in to the vibrancy of life itself.
- It is a politics of listening, responding, engaging, trading; of being tuned in with others.
- • informal Stop listening or paying attention: if you’re in a boring lecture you can tune outMore example sentences
- Natalie tuned out the lecture and took to watching her teacher warily.
- She tuned out their conversation and paid attention to the food in front of her.
- The key now is to tune out the ‘white noise’ and stop fighting.
tunable (also tuneable)
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- Most scientists strongly distrust large-scale numerical models which rely heavily on tuneable parameters and other artificial constraints to keep them from going haywire.
- In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a number of expensive tunable radios begin to pop up in specialty electronics catalogs.
- Each of the ground harps has 22 tunable pairs of strings organised in a pentatonic scale, rather like the tuning of a lute.
late Middle English: unexplained alteration of tone. The verb is first recorded (late 15th century) in the sense 'celebrate in music, sing'.