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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.
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All Worked Out featured a fierce refrain from Burton and with hazy, tuneful backing vocals, was the stand out tune.
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The result is soulful, tuneful, and barely too slick by half.
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Well over half of the tracks are solo acoustic numbers, and it is nothing short of unbelievable that music which is so tuneful, virtuosic, involved, and contagious comes from one man in one take.
I think young students will enjoy the fun rhythms, tuneful melodies and the influence of jazz harmonies.
Or else they look up at the sky, from whence falls light--whether from the local traffic copter or from a tuneful spaceship out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, we are not told.
A SERIES of concerts and an art exhibition will provide a tuneful, colourful - and free - diversion for passengers using Dublin airport over the next two weeks.