Definitions for: Tune

[n] a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence; "she was humming an air from Beethoven"
[v] of musical instruments; "My piano needs to be tuned"
[v] adjust for functioning; "tune the engine"

Webster (1913) Definition: Tune, n. [A variant of tone.]
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.

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.
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.

4. To put into a proper state or disposition. --Shak.

Tune, v. i.
1. To form one sound to another; to form accordant musical

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.]

Synonyms: air, line, melodic line, melodic phrase, melody, strain, tune up

Antonyms: untune

See Also: adjust, fanfare, fine-tune, flourish, glissando, idea, leitmotif, leitmotiv, melodic theme, music, musical phrase, musical theme, part, phrase, roulade, service, set, signature, signature tune, theme, theme song, tune in, tweak, voice

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