fine-tune


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fine-tune

1. Literally, to make small and/or careful adjustments to a device, instrument, or machine. If you fine-tune your amp a little bit more, I think you'd get that tone you're looking for.
2. By extension, to make small and/or careful adjustments to an idea, plan, or strategy. I think if we fine-tuned our methodology, we'd have better success with this experiment.

fine-tune something

 
1. Lit. to make delicate adjustments in some mechanical or electronic device. It took a while to fine-tune the flute, but it was worth it.
2. Fig. to make small alterations in a plan or procedure. We need to spend some time fine-tuning the scheme, then we will seek approval.
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This skill has brought her to the California Institute of the Arts speech department and allowed her to work with children and help Hollywood actors fine-tune their roles.
They need to fine-tune the excitation wavelength and perhaps tweak the com- position of the glass to get the greatest efficiency for each color, Macfar- lane says.
As Southern California's newest theme park marks its first birthday today, Disney is optimistic that as America recovers, the company's effort to fine-tune the park with kid-friendly attractions and more of Disney's classic pixie dust sprinkled about will lead to improved attendance this year.
Moreover, cnidarians appear unique among animals for their use of a primitive sense of smell to fine-tune their hearing organs to a few key frequencies.
Minneapolis-based Best Buy is hunkering down to fine-tune its marketing strategy.