detune

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • de-tune (music)

EtymologyEdit

de- +‎ tune.

VerbEdit

detune (third-person singular simple present detunes, present participle detuning, simple past and past participle detuned)

  1. (music) To intentionally lower or raise the pitch produced by a musical instrument. Often done to produce sounds not normally possible, or in the case of stringed instruments to reduce tension for the purposes of shipping or maintenance.
    Some avant-garde composers request that performers detune their instruments before playing.
  2. (electronics) To alter the capacitance of a circuit such that its resonant frequency differs from the incoming frequency.

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Last modified on 8 April 2014, at 14:49