tune +‎ -able



tunable (comparative more tunable, superlative most tunable)

  1. (now rare) Harmonious, melodic, tuneful. [from 16th c.]
    • 1624, John Smith, Generall Historie, in Kupperman 1988, p. 147-8:
      Then doe all with a tunable voice of shouting bid him welcome.
    • 1723, Charles Walker, Memoirs of Sally Salisabury, I:
      she rather chose to follow the Fortunes of a Wheel-Barrow, than those of a Distaff; daily, charming the Ears of the Publick with the Tuneable and Melodious Cry, of, Come who throws here? Who ventures for an ORANGE?
  2. Able to be tuned. [from 18th c.]


tunable (plural tunables)

  1. (computing) A setting that can be configured.
    • 2013, Sander van Vugt, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Administration: Real World Skills for Red Hat Administrators[1]:
      If you are working with TCP, some specific tunables are also available. By default, some TCP tunables have a value that is too low.