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.
Origin of tune
Examples from the Web for tuning
Although polls now show Schwartz trailing, she insists there is still time and that people are just now tuning in.
Devotees across the country are tuning in each way to check the rose distribution against their carefully crafted brackets.Fans of ‘The Bachelor’ Embrace Brackets, Bookies, and Buy-ins in Online Betting Pools|Nina Strochlic|January 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When a horror series is not horrifying, the suspense that keeps you tuning in is gone.
Erin Cunningham on why you should still be tuning in to Dick Wolf's addictive procedural.'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's' Wild and Crazy 15th Season Premiere|Erin Cunningham|September 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
No one is tuning in to find out if Norma will die, or if Norman will kill her.‘Bates Motel’ Debate: Sex Scenes, Mother Issues & Implausible Twists|Jace Lacob, Anna Klassen|April 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The tuning of a harp immediately before playing is sometimes a very tedious business.
More often, however, they break from being rusty at the point where they pass over the bridge or around the tuning pin.Piano Tuning|J. Cree Fischer
It appears to me like an orchestra that never got further than the tuning of the instruments!The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. I.(of II)|Charles James Lever
As a matter of fact a tuning fork is simply a steel bar bent in the middle so that the two ends are parallel.The Radio Amateur's Hand Book|A. Frederick Collins
Jake bowed his ready acquiescence to the request and kept right on tuning up.The Girl of the Golden West|David Belasco
British Dictionary definitions for tuning (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for tuning (2 of 2)
Word Origin for tune
Idioms and Phrases with 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