Definition of tuning in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action or process of tuning something.

    ‘an electronic instrument requires no tuning’
    • ‘Bells, however, vibrate in different ways to stringed instruments and so require a different tuning treatment.’
    • ‘The team from Nicholas and Co, of Malvern, completed the final tuning of the organ's 1,000 pipes, with the ‘tonal finishing’.’
    1. 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When he let himself go after the interval, his tuning became much more secure.’
    2. 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.’
    3. 1.3 The facility on a radio allowing for the reception of different stations, frequencies, or wavelengths.
      ‘he fiddled with the tuning’
    4. 1.4Electronics The variation of the resonant frequency of an oscillatory circuit.