tune /ˈtun, ˈtjun/
Tune v. i.
1. To form one sound to another; to form accordant musical sounds.
Whilst tuning to the water's fall,
The small birds sang to her. --Drayton.
2. To utter inarticulate harmony with the voice; to sing without pronouncing words; to hum. [R.]
1. A sound; a note; a tone. “The tune of your voices.”
2. Mus. (a) A rhythmical, melodious, symmetrical series of tones for one voice or instrument, or for any number of voices or instruments in unison, or two or more such series forming parts in harmony; a melody; an air; as, a merry tune; a mournful tune; a slow tune; a psalm tune. See Air. (b) The state of giving the proper sound or sounds; just intonation; harmonious accordance; pitch of the voice or an instrument; adjustment of the parts of an instrument so as to harmonize with itself or with others; as, the piano, or the organ, is not in tune.
Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh. --Shak.
3. Order; harmony; concord; fit disposition, temper, or humor; right mood.
A child will learn three times as much when he is in tune, as when he . . . is dragged unwillingly to [his task]. --Locke.
Tune, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tuned p. pr. & vb. n. Tuning.]
1. To put into a state adapted to produce the proper sounds; to harmonize, to cause to be in tune; to correct the tone of; as, to tune a piano or a violin. “ Tune your harps.”
2. To give tone to; to attune; to adapt in style of music; to make harmonious.
For now to sorrow must I tune my song. --Milton.
3. To sing with melody or harmony.
Fountains, and ye, that warble, as ye flow,
Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise. --Milton.
4. To put into a proper state or disposition.
n 1: a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she
was humming an air from Beethoven" [syn: melody, air,
strain, melodic line, line, melodic phrase]
2: the property of producing accurately a note of a given
pitch; "he cannot sing in tune"; "the clarinet was out of
3: the adjustment of a radio receiver or other circuit to a
v 1: adjust for (better) functioning; "tune the engine" [syn: tune
2: of musical instruments; "My piano needs to be tuned" [syn: tune
up] [ant: untune]