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tweak

[tweek] /twik/
verb (used with object)
1.
to pinch and pull with a jerk and twist:
to tweak someone's ear; to tweak someone's nose.
2.
to pull or pinch the nose of, especially gently:
He tweaked the baby on greeting.
3.
to make a minor adjustment to:
to tweak a computer program.
noun
4.
an act or instance of tweaking; a sharp, twisting pull or jerk.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; akin to twitch
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Examples for tweaking
  • The experiment revealed that the genetic tweaking, indeed, rendered the mice resistant to weight gain.
  • So let's see how the theory needs tweaking to include the true power of the galaxies ie invisible electricity.
  • tweaking about genes is not having the ability to control the genes.
  • Maybe with a little tweaking it could give evolution a run for its money.
  • By tweaking these factors, they should be able to increase the amount of light that the cells absorb.
  • We take pride in building and tweaking the ultimate gaming rig even when it isn't anywhere close.
  • tweaking the composition of a polymer could enable it to detect different sorts of molecules.
  • Creating hydrogen requires merely tweaking the process.
  • But the brain actually works by constantly creating, breaking, and tweaking the synaptic connections between neurons.
  • By tweaking that information using simple illusions, scientists have warped and displaced our sense of self in the lab.
British Dictionary definitions for tweaking

tweak

/twiːk/
verb (transitive)
1.
to twist, jerk, or pinch with a sharp or sudden movement to tweak someone's nose
2.
(motor racing, slang) to tune (a car or engine) for peak performance
3.
(informal) to make a minor alteration
noun
4.
an instance of tweaking
5.
(informal) a minor alteration
Derived Forms
tweaky, adjective
Word Origin
Old English twiccian; related to Old High German zwecchōn; see twitch
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Word Origin and History for tweaking
tweak
probably from O.E. twiccian "to pluck," of obscure origin; perhaps related to twitch. Meaning "to make fine adjustments" is attested from 1966.
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Slang definitions & phrases for tweaking

tweak

verb
  1. To adjust a computer program slightly; refine; fine-tune: Michael's code is elegant stuff, really fun to tweak (1980s+ Computer)
  2. To make minor adjustments; perfect: Is the President going to tweak emissions for seven years and then let them rip?/ He used the core of the President's plan, and from that he did some tweaking (1990s+)

[perhaps a memory of the days when a crystal was tweaked with a ''cat's whisker'' in order to tune a primitive radio receiver]


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