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tune vt.

[from automotive or musical usage] To optimize a program or system for a particular environment, esp. by adjusting numerical parameters designed as hooks for tuning, e.g., by changing #define lines in C. One may `tune for time' (fastest execution), `tune for space' (least memory use), or `tune for configuration' (most efficient use of hardware). See bum, hot spot, hand-hacking.

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A tune in traditional music is distinct from a song: A tune is instrumental only, whereas a song is sung and possibly accompanied by instruments.

Interestingly, the ballad, while leaning towards a song in meaning, can include an instrumental air, usually a solo piece. This is what you put in-between the tunes not to get a permanent imprint of the diddly-diddly of fast reels and jigs in Irish traditional music.

To beat: his father tuned him delightfully: perhaps from fetching a tune out of the person beaten, or from a comparison with the disagreeable sounds of instruments when tuning.

The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.

Tune (?), n. [A variant of tone.]


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.


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.


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.


© Webster 1913.

Tune, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tuned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Tuning.]


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."



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.


To sing with melody or harmony.

Fountains, and ye, that warble, as ye flow, Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise. Milton.


To put into a proper state or disposition.



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Tune (?), v. i.


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.


To utter inarticulate harmony with the voice; to sing without pronouncing words; to hum.



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