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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).

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For whether they are old comrades boosting their pensions, pretty conservatory cellists playing airs in a g-string or tuneless hairy hobos playing without care in string vests, they each at least all try to bring music to our ears and lighten our step as we walk on by.
Cheers and chants are often tuneless, making them easy to lead and to learn.
It was a tuneless singing I did as it rained in my room in Nashville, and I rewrote War and Peace between the storms.
Dorfman, pumping out tuneless gusts on the bellows of an accordion slung across his chest, weaves crazily in and out of the whole scene--a manic village elder wheezing out the tales of his folk.
The victory celebration was sealed by a rousing rendition of Stern's perfectly tuneless campaign song, "Howard Stern For Governor," which goes something like this: "Howard Stern for Governor, Howard Stern for Governor, for Governor of New York/He wants justice, he's a Libertarian, he is a great American/Howard Stern can win the election from the Democrats or from the Republicans." Would that this scene could have taken place at a major party convention.
In this rain that keeps us inside, the frog, wisest of creatures to whom all things come, is happy, rasping out of himself the tuneless anthem of Frog.
The songs are mostly derivative or tuneless or both; the dancing is energetic but too familiar as that mixture of health-club aerobics and sidewalk breaking that's been done to death; and the confessional monologues that make up the book of the play seem dated and coy.
If they wanted to see tuneless amateurs singing Abba songs, they could have just hired Pierce Brosnan to reprise his role in Mamma Mia.
TONE deaf humour and off-key animation characterise this incoherent and tuneless hymn to the unifying magic of music.
A STOURBRIDGE season, which began with a fanfare of trumpets before hitting a series of off-key notes, comes to a tuneless end at South Leicester tomorrow.
So she's done something about it by organising a choir for people who are tuneless so they can get in on the fun.
And now the "Tuneless Choir" is on the hunt for new recruits.