(Tun"-dish`) n. A tunnel. [Obs.] Shak.
(||Tun"dra) n. [Russ., from a native name.] A rolling, marshy, mossy plain of Northern Siberia.
(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
(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.
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,Milton.
Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.
4. To put into a proper state or disposition. Shak.
(Tune) v. i.
1. To form one sound to another; to form accordant musical sounds.
Whilst tuning to the water's fall,Drayton.
The small birds sang to her.
2. To utter inarticulate harmony with the voice; to sing without pronouncing words; to hum. [R.]
(Tune"ful) a. Harmonious; melodious; musical; as, tuneful notes. " Tuneful birds." Milton.
Tune"ful*ly, adv. Tune"ful*ness, n.
1. Without tune; inharmonious; unmusical. " Thy tuneless serenade." Cowley.
How often have I led thy sportive choir,Goldsmith.
With tuneless pipe, beside the murmuring Loire!
2. Not employed in making music; as, tuneless harps.
3. Not expressed in music or poetry; unsung. [R.]