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tuning fork

a steel instrument consisting of a stem with two prongs, producing a musical tone of definite, constant pitch when struck, and serving as a standard for tuning musical instruments, making acoustical experiments, and the like.
Origin of tuning fork
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Taking the tuning fork from his waistcoat pocket, he looked thoughtfully at the school.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • Middle C is obtained in the usual way, from the tuning fork.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • This is well illustrated by a simple experiment with a tuning fork and a spherical resonator reinforcing the tone of the fork.

    The Psychology of Singing David C. Taylor
  • In each of these openings is a piston and above each piston is a tuning fork.

  • They were the tuning fork which gave the pitch for London pleasures.

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • We strike one of the pistons with the tuning fork, and continue to strike it until the fork sets up vibrations.

  • The Companies were comparatively immune except near the "tuning fork."

  • On these occasions Mr. Gamblin had explained that he had "somehow missed" the tuning fork.

    The Hills of Desire Richard Aumerle Maher
  • Each felt the challenge and response of natures keyed to the same pitch of life's tuning fork.

    The Tyranny of Weakness Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for tuning fork

tuning fork

a two-pronged metal fork that when struck produces a pure note of constant specified pitch. It is used to tune musical instruments and in acoustics
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tuning fork

1799, from gerundive of tune (v.) + fork (n.). Invented 1711 by John Shore.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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