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[too-ner, tyoo-] /ˈtu nər, ˈtyu-/
a person or thing that tunes.
the portion of a radio or television receiver that captures the broadcast signal and feeds it to other circuits in the set for further processing.
Origin of tuner
1570-80; 1905-10 for def 2; tune + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • He began adjusting the tuner and detector knobs and sending out his signal.

  • I hope it's in tune; 't is only four months since the tuner was here.

    Handy Andy, Volume One Samuel Lover
  • "Well, static is the big bugbear of radio," answered Bob, pausing a moment in regulating his tuner and detector.

    Walter and the Wireless Sara Ware Bassett
  • The tuner told me afterwards that he broke seventeen strings.

    A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
  • Certain pins are marked to guide the tuner in placing his hammer.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • Then for a long time Curlie sat staring at the knob of his tuner.

    On the Yukon Trail Roy J. Snell
  • These items are decided by the scale draughtsman in the factory; if incorrect, the tuner can do nothing to improve them.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • This system requires the tuner to make use of both fourths and fifths.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • For the present, the term "temperament" may be considered as meaning the plan or pattern from which the tuner works.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • Questions are often asked the tuner concerning the care of the piano.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
British Dictionary definitions for tuner


a person who tunes instruments, esp pianos
the part of a radio or television receiver for selecting only those signals having a particular frequency
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tuner

"device for varying the frequency of a radio or television," 1909, from tune.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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