Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)


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Tune (Page: 1550)

Tune (?), n. [A variant of tone.]

1. A sound; a note; a tone. The tune of your voices." Shak.

2. (Mus.) (a) A rhythmical, melodious, symmetrical series of tones for one voice or instrument, or for any number of voices or instruments in unison, or two or more such series forming parts in harmony; a melody; an air; as, a merry tune; a mournful tune; a slow tune; a psalm tune. See Air. (b) The state of giving the proper, sound or sounds; just intonation; harmonious accordance; pitch of the voice or an instrument; adjustment of the parts of an instrument so as to harmonize with itself or with others; as, the piano, or the organ, is not in tune.

Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh. Shak.

3. Order; harmony; concord; fit disposition, temper, or humor; right mood.

A child will learn three times as much when he is in tune, as when he . . . is dragged unwillingly to [his task]. Locke.

Tune (Page: 1550)

Tune, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tuned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Tuning.]

1. To put into a state adapted to produce the proper sounds; to harmonize, to cause to be in tune; to correct the tone of; as, to tune a piano or a violin. Tune your harps." Dryden. [1551]

2. To give tone to; to attune; to adapt in style of music; to make harmonious.

For now to sorrow must I tune my song. Milton.

3. To sing with melody or harmony.

Fountains, and ye, that warble, as ye flow, Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise. Milton.

4. To put into a proper state or disposition. Shak.


Tune (Page: 1551)

Tune (?), v. i.

1. To form one sound to another; to form accordant musical sounds.

Whilst tuning to the water's fall, The small birds sang to her. Drayton.

2. To utter inarticulate harmony with the voice; to sing without pronouncing words; to hum. [R.]