- The definition of a tune is a song, a melody, having correct musical pitch or being in the correct key.
- An example of a tune is The Star Spangled Banner.
- An example of a tune is the music of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
- An example of a tune is a person able to sing on key.
- Tune is defined as to adjust or adapt a condition, situation, instrument or voice.
- An example of tune is turning a radio dial to a particular station.
- An example of tune is adjusting the strings of a guitar until they sound in key.
- Obsolete a sound or tone
- a succession of musical tones forming a rhythmic, catchy whole; melody; air
- a musical setting of a hymn, psalm, poem, etc.
- the condition of having correct musical pitch, or of being in key; also, harmony; agreement; concord: now used chiefly in the phrases and : a violin that is in tune, a person out of tune with the times
Origin of tuneMiddle English variant, variety of tone, tone
transitive verbtuned, tuning
- to adjust (a musical instrument) to some standard of pitch; put in tune
- to adapt (music, the voice, etc.) to some pitch, tone, or mood
- to adapt to some condition, mood, etc.; bring into harmony or agreement
- Now Rare to utter or express musically
- to adjust (a system, motor, etc.) to the proper or desired condition or performance
- to adjust (a radio or TV receiver) to a given frequency or channel
call the tune
change one's tune
sing a different tune
to the tune of
- to adjust a radio or television receiver to a given frequency or channel so as to receive (a specified station, program, etc.)
- ☆ Slang to become or make aware, knowing, hip, etc.
- to adjust a radio or TV receiver so as to eliminate (interference, a particular broadcasting station, etc.)
- Slang to turn one's attention, sympathies, etc. away from
- to adjust (musical instruments) to the same pitch, as in an orchestra
- to bring (an engine, etc.) to the proper condition or performance, as by replacing parts, making adjustments, etc.
- Music a. A melody, especially a simple and easily remembered one.b. A song.c. The state of being in correct pitch: sang out of tune; played in tune with the piano.d. Obsolete A musical tone.
- a. Concord or agreement; harmony: in tune with the times.b. Archaic Frame of mind; disposition.
- Electronics Adjustment of a receiver or circuit for maximum response to a given signal or frequency.
verbtuned tuned, tun·ing, tunes
- a. Music To put into proper pitch: tuned the violin.b. Archaic To utter musically; sing.
- To adjust or adopt in order to meet specific requirements or conditions, especially:a. To adjust (an electronic receiver) to a desired frequency.b. To adjust (an electronic circuit) so as to make it resonant with a given input signal.c. To adjust (an engine, for example) for maximum usability or performance.d. To adjust the wavelength output of (a laser).
Origin of tuneMiddle English, variant of tone, tone; see tone.
- tun′a·ble, tune′a·ble
- tun′a·bly, tune′a·bly
- A melody.
- A song, or short musical composition.
- (informal) The act of tuning or maintenance.
- Your engine needs a good tune.
- The state or condition of being correctly tuned.
- Your engine is now in tune.
- This piano is not in tune.
- (UK, slang) A very good song.
- You heard the new Rizzle Kicks song? —Mate, that is a tune!
(third-person singular simple present tunes, present participle tuning, simple past and past participle tuned)
- To modify a musical instrument so that it produces the correct pitches.
- to tune a piano or a violin
- To adjust a mechanical, electric or electronic device (such as a radio or a car engine) so that it functions optimally.
- To make more precise, intense, or effective; to put into a proper state or disposition.
- To give tone to; to attune; to adapt in style of music; to make harmonious.
- To sing with melody or harmony.
- (South Africa, slang) To cheek; to be impudent towards.
- Are you tuning me?