See also music.tonology the science of tones or of speech intonations, proceeding historically and comparatively. —tonological, adj. tonometer an instrument for determining the pitch of a tone, as a tuning fork or graduated set of tuning forks. —tonometric, adj. tonometry the art or science of measuring tones, especially with a tonometer. —tonometrist, n. —tonometric, adj.
- Present participle of tune.
Variant of tune
- 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
to be in tune; harmonize
call the tune
to direct proceedings; be in control
change one's tune
to change one's attitude or manner, as from scorn to respect
sing a different tune
to talk or act differently because of a change of attitude
to the tune of
Informal to the sum, price, or extent 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.