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
Synonyms for tune
Related Words for tuningaccommodate, adapt, adjust, attune, conform, coordinate, dial, fix, harmonize, integrate, modulate, pitch, proportion, reconcile, regulate, set, string, tighten
Examples from the Web for tuning
Contemporary Examples of tuning
Although polls now show Schwartz trailing, she insists there is still time and that people are just now tuning in.How the Left Cut Down a Democratic Frontrunner
May 12, 2014
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
January 20, 2014
When a horror series is not horrifying, the suspense that keeps you tuning in is gone.NBC’s ‘Dracula’ Sure Is Sexy, But It Isn’t Scary
October 25, 2013
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
September 26, 2013
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
Historical Examples of tuning
Eugen was tuning his violin, when a touch on the shoulder roused me.The First Violin
Already the theatre was full and the orchestra was tuning up.The Eternal City
Then the tuning coil is adjusted until the signals are loudest.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
Later, a G was added above and below, and the tuning was that at b.A Popular History of the Art of Music
W. S. B. Mathews
He had received 100 dollars for tuning the organ at the Cathedral.A Journey to America in 1834
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