verb (used with object), tuned, tun·ing.
- to adjust (a circuit, frequency, or the like) so as to bring it into resonance with another circuit, a given frequency, or the like.
- to adjust (a receiving apparatus) so as to make it compatible in frequency with a transmitting apparatus whose signals are to be received.
- to adjust (a receiving apparatus) so as to receive the signals of a particular transmitting station.
- to utter, sound, or express musically.
- to play upon (a lyre).
verb (used without object), tuned, tun·ing.
- to adjust a radio or television set so as to stop or avoid receiving (a station or channel).
- Slang. to stop paying attention to a person, situation, etc.
- to cause a group of musical instruments to be brought to the same pitch.
- to begin to sing.
- to bring into proper operating order, as a motor: Before starting on our trip we should have the car tuned up.
- tunbridge ware,
- tunbridge wells,
- tundra swan,
- tune in,
- tune out,
- tune up,
- tune, tommy,
Origin of tune
Examples from the Web for tuned
The guitar is tuned to E, and an Eminor chord on a guitar just rings and rings forever.
One person who tuned into my story was Matt Creed, the director of Lily.
Americans who previously tuned out the long, bloody civil war are now looking to learn more.
But now he has reached the point where America has tuned out and turned off.Hillary Clinton Wants Bill to Lift Her Up—but Obama Will Drag Her Down|Lloyd Green|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Only one in twenty had seen a full episode of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, another had tuned in for a rose ceremony.
Thus with tight wedging, catapults are tuned to the proper pitch by musical sense of hearing.Ten Books on Architecture|Vitruvius
The chance that someone who shouldn't be, was tuned to us as we sat there in that lonely grove!Tarrano the Conqueror|Raymond King Cummings
It is tuned in C or in B flat, and is furnished with three or four valves or pistons.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
All that I have, all that I am, has been at your service; everything has been bent and tuned to your pleasure, for your good.The Weavers, Complete|Gilbert Parker
It is evident, therefore, that all major thirds must be tuned somewhat sharper than perfect in a system of equal temperament.Piano Tuning|J. Cree Fischer
Word Origin for tune
late 14c., "a musical sound, a succession of musical notes," unexplained variant of tone. Meaning "state of being in proper pitch" is from mid-15c.
"bring into a state of proper pitch," c.1500, from tune (n.). Non-musical meaning "to adjust an organ or receiver" is recorded from 1887. Verbal phrase tune in in reference to radio (later also TV) is recorded from 1913; figurative sense of "become aware" is recorded from 1926. Tune out "to eliminate radio reception" is recorded from 1908; figurative sense of "disregard, stop heeding" is from 1928. Related: Tuned; tuning.
In addition to the idioms beginning with tune
- tune in
- tune out
- tune up
- call the tune
- carry a tune
- change one's tune
- dance to another tune
- in tune
- to the tune of