tune


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tune

1. a melody, esp one for which harmony is not essential
2. the most important part in a musical texture
3. the condition of producing accurately pitched notes, intervals, etc. (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune)
4. accurate correspondence of pitch and intonation between instruments (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune)
5. the correct adjustment of a radio, television, or some other electronic circuit with respect to the required frequency (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune)

tune

[tün]
(electronics)
To adjust for resonance at a desired frequency.

tune

(jargon)
(From musical, possibly via automotive, usage) To optimise a program or system for a particular environment, especially 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.
References in classic literature ?
Then Manuel touched the jangling, jarring little nachette to a queer tune, and sang something in Portuguese about "Nina, innocente
Still leaning against the locker door, he struck into a tune that was like something very bad but sure to happen whatever you did.
But thereupon he immediately began to prelude, and fell into the tune which he knew would be taken as a special compliment by Mr.
I suppose it's the name: there's a deal in the name of a tune.
You can't SING "Above wonderfully there," because it simply won't go to the tune, without damaging the singer; but it is a most clingingly exact translation of DORT OBEN WUNDERBAR--fits it like a blister.
Now that I've found such pleasant company, I can talk and play tunes all I want to.
We may imagine Governor Shirley and General Pepperell riding slowly along the line, while the drummers beat strange old tunes, like psalm-tunes, and all the officers and soldiers put on their most warlike looks.
Papa would have gone; but I begged him so earnestly to take me to the Theatre Francais that he could not refuse; and it is yourself will go this evening to tune the clavecin of your beloved.
He never relished any music but what was light and airy; and indeed his most favourite tunes were Old Sir Simon the King, St George he was for England, Bobbing Joan, and some others.
His daughter, though she was a perfect mistress of music, and would never willingly have played any but Handel's, was so devoted to her father's pleasure, that she learnt all those tunes to oblige him.
said Bartle Massey, contemptuously; "I've heard enough o' the Scotch tunes to last me while I live.
Why, the Scotch tunes are just like a scolding, nagging woman," Bartle went on, without deigning to notice Mr.