[too-ner, tyoo-]


a person or thing that tunes.
the portion of a radio or television receiver that captures the broadcast signal and feeds it to other circuits in the set for further processing.


Origin of tuner

1570–80; 1905–10 for def 2; tune + -er1
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Examples from the Web for tuner

Historical Examples of tuner

  • I hope it's in tune; 't is only four months since the tuner was here.

  • The tuner told me afterwards that he broke seventeen strings.

    A Padre in France

    George A. Birmingham

  • That was a tuningfork the tuner had that he forgot that he now struck.


    James Joyce

  • Then for a long time Curlie sat staring at the knob of his tuner.

    On the Yukon Trail

    Roy J. Snell

  • Leaping to the tuner, he touched its knob, twisted it first this way, then that.

    On the Yukon Trail

    Roy J. Snell

British Dictionary definitions for tuner



a person who tunes instruments, esp pianos
the part of a radio or television receiver for selecting only those signals having a particular frequency
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Word Origin and History for tuner

"device for varying the frequency of a radio or television," 1909, from tune.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper