Definition of retune in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Tune (something) again or differently.

    1. 1.1 Put (a musical instrument) back in tune or alter its pitch.
      • ‘In the midst of the final cadenza in the third movement of the work, Linnebach, who had up to that time delivered a beautiful and relaxed interpretation of the piece, had to stop suddenly to retune her instrument.’
      • ‘He just hoped St. George's Primary School had got the piano retuned, like they'd promised.’
      • ‘She would need to retune some of the strings for Llyrana's tale, after all, and that she could only really do once it was in the hall and settled.’
      • ‘In their Blue Moon installation at the World Financial Center, Oldland & Auinger collected urban noises and retuned them into a ‘symphony’ that changed with the phases of the moon and tides.’
      • ‘How might modern Western instruments be transformed for Arab music, say by retuning the piano for microtonal modal systems?’
      • ‘Ford nodded, took a sip from his beer and headed back up to the stage to retune his bass.’
      • ‘Guitars were retuned to one note, drum kits were composed of just one drum and vocals were delivered in a way that placed absolutely no emphasis on harmony and melody, but on impact.’
      • ‘These usually apply to violins, but here, McCreesh has experimented with retuning the violas as well, claiming that the resulting sonorities are much more satisfying and better balanced.’
      • ‘The eight bronze bells were taken down last October and transported to Whitechapel, in London, where they were retuned.’
      • ‘Rubber hammer buffers on some of the chimes and bells are being changed and then retuned.’
      • ‘The Soepra gamelan used in the charity performance in Bandung, Sukisno noted, was already five years old and had not been retuned.’
    2. 1.2 Tune (a radio, television, or other piece of electronic equipment) to a different frequency.
      • ‘Motorola has been testing new software that retunes the filter based on received signal strength.’
      • ‘We had to pay a fee and put in a lot of new equipment and then retune everything.’
      • ‘She phoned the York TV hotline, was given another number, phoned that, got cut off twice and eventually had to call in the village's television expert to retune the equipment, for which she paid £15.’
      • ‘The costs of retuning millions of video recorders to enable viewers to get the service in the first place meant that money that should have been spent on programming had to be diverted elsewhere.’
      • ‘Viewers in Glasgow and Merseyside can stop trying to retune their sets now.’
      • ‘Can you have both a VHS and a DVD player and alternate between them (as in: one plugged in at a time) without too much messing about or retuning?’
      • ‘Local dealers have retuned televisions for their clients to receive the channel.’
      • ‘They frantically retuned their transistors, but all they got was a faint signal from southern pirate Radio London.’
      • ‘Listeners with a sensitive disposition should retune to KissFM at once.’
      • ‘He said that in the short term, people could retune their video and satellite equipment until the problem is resolved.’
      • ‘The channel launch was delayed by the need to retune millions of household video recorders.’
      • ‘Sky says that this would cause mayhem, requiring all their UHF set-top boxes to be retuned and possibly causing conflicts with frequencies used by the RF modulators in VCRs, Playstations, etc.’
      • ‘Each daily contact began with Hamilton announcing a number, which referred to a personal code known only by Hamilton and Pole-Evans and led both to retune to a specific radio frequency.’
      • ‘It has left residents across the city having to retune their equipment to be able to watch a video or satellite channels.’
      • ‘This means that after one packet is sent on a channel, the two devices retune their frequencies to send the next packet on a different channel.’
      • ‘The only way we could change Hunmanby to Emley Moor would be by asking every viewer to retune their set, or accept that BBC ONE comes up on their BBC TWO button and vice versa.’