thomas tune

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tune (tjuːn)
1.  a melody, esp one for which harmony is not essential
2.  the most important part in a musical texture: the cello has the tune at that point
3.  the condition of producing accurately pitched notes, intervals, etc (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune): he can't sing in tune
4.  accurate correspondence of pitch and intonation between instruments (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune): the violin is not in tune with the piano
5.  the correct adjustment of a radio, television, or some other electronic circuit with respect to the required frequency (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune)
6.  a frame of mind; disposition or mood
7.  obsolete a musical sound; note
8.  call the tune to be in control of the proceedings
9.  change one's tune, sing another tune, sing another a different tune to alter one's attitude or tone of speech
10.  informal to the tune of to the amount or extent of: costs to the tune of a hundred pounds
vb (often foll by up)
11.  to adjust (a musical instrument or a changeable part of one) to a certain pitch
12.  to adjust (a note, etc) so as to bring it into harmony or concord
13.  (tr) to adapt or adjust (oneself); attune: to tune oneself to a slower life
14.  to make fine adjustments to (an engine, machine, etc) to obtain optimum performance
15.  electronics to adjust (one or more circuits) for resonance at a desired frequency
16.  obsolete to utter (something) musically or in the form of a melody; sing
17.  slang (South African) tune someone grief to annoy or harass someone
[C14: variant of tone]

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Word Origin & History

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.; the verb in this sense is recorded from c.1500. 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; fig. sense of "disregard, stop heeding" is from 1928. Tunesmith is a U.S. colloquial coinage first recorded 1926.
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