One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action or process of tuning something.‘an electronic instrument requires no tuning’
- ‘The team from Nicholas and Co, of Malvern, completed the final tuning of the organ's 1,000 pipes, with the ‘tonal finishing’.’
- ‘Bells, however, vibrate in different ways to stringed instruments and so require a different tuning treatment.’
- 1.1 The extent to which a musical instrument, performance, or ensemble is in tune.‘at times the tuning is uncertain, and the solos often lack conviction’
- ‘When he let himself go after the interval, his tuning became much more secure.’
- ‘In terms of tuning, the three sopranos have their work cut out for them - this is one of those works that is more difficult than it sounds.’
- 1.2 A particular key or set of pitches to which an instrument, especially one with strings, is tuned.‘E-flat tuning’
- ‘The two instruments are tuned a quarter-tone apart, and it's incredible how soon the ear becomes accustomed to the strangeness of this tuning.’
- ‘Part of its effect comes from Gubaidulina's unusual tuning of the string orchestra: half the players tune a quarter-tone lower.’
- 1.3 The facility on a radio allowing for the reception of different stations, frequencies, or wavelengths.‘he fiddled with the tuning’
- 1.4Electronics The variation of the resonant frequency of an oscillatory circuit.
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