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Meaning of TUNE

Pronunciation:  toon

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
  2. [v]  of musical instruments; "My piano needs to be tuned"
  3. [v]  adjust for functioning; "tune the engine"

TUNE is a 4 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune up
 Antonyms: untune
 See Also: adjust, fanfare, fine-tune, flourish, glissando, idea, leitmotif, leitmotiv, melodic theme, music, musical phrase, musical theme, part, phrase, roulade, service, set, signature, signature tune, theme, theme song, tune in, tweak, voice



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tune\, n. [A variant of tone.]
    1. A sound; a note; a tone. ``The tune of your voices.''
    2. (Mus.)
       (a) 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}.
       (b) 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.
                 Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh.
    3. Order; harmony; concord; fit disposition, temper, or
       humor; right mood.
             A child will learn three times as much when he is in
             tune, as when he . . . is dragged unwillingly to
             [his task].                           --Locke.
  2. \Tune\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tuned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. 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. `` Tune your harps.''
    2. To give tone to; to attune; to adapt in style of music; to
       make harmonious.
             For now to sorrow must I tune my song. --Milton.
    3. To sing with melody or harmony.
             Fountains, and ye, that warble, as ye flow,
             Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.
    4. To put into a proper state or disposition. --Shak.
  3. \Tune\, v. i.
    1. To form one sound to another; to form accordant musical
             Whilst tuning to the water's fall, The small birds
             sang to her.                          --Drayton.
    2. To utter inarticulate harmony with the voice; to sing
       without pronouncing words; to hum. [R.]
Computing Dictionary

(From musical, possibly via automotive, usage) To optimise a program or system for a particular environment, especially 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 bum, hot spot, hand-hacking.

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