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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Summary: Cape Town [South Africa], Apr 27 (ANI): South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has decided to remain unavailable for the Cape Cobras' remaining fixture of the CSA T20 Challenge, saying he wants to 'fine tune' his batting for the upcoming World Cup.
The apex bank said that it would fine tune its policy at the right moment when needed.
Summary: BEIJING - China's central bank said on Tuesday that it will "fine tune" policy to cushion the economy against global risks while closely watching the possible impact from recent policy loosening in the United States and Europe.
"We've done all the engineering groundwork, and now we're using some of the most demanding roads we can find in Europe and North America to validate and fine tune the performance and driving dynamics," said Jost Capito, Ford's director of Global Performance Vehicles.
NORTHERN Ireland manager Nigel Worthington has urged his players to "fine tune" themselves for World Cup duty in tomorrow's friendly against Israel at Windsor Park.
This combination allows a user to fine tune the mixer to meet specific process needs and the shear rates that are required to optimize a process.
Designers learn when and how to use them, how to convert existing code, and how to fine tune workflow and processes to ensure both compliance and better service efficiency.
When you fire the howitzer, or use the quick release apparatus, fine tune the valve by turning it clockwise to slow counterrecoil.
"The next generation of advanced microparticle RDF systems combine the synergies of inorganic microparticles and organic micropolymers to 'de-couple' the effects of high retention and rapid drainage to fine tune the wet end and optimize formation," he said.
Another goal will be to fine tune our educational curriculum, for example, by holding webconferences and, as appropriate, revitalizing the industry sessions at our conferences.
"By taking over the final stages of the development process before we undertook the marketing we were able to fine tune the value-added aspects of the amenities and style of the project.
Last night, Gwynedd Council Dwyfor area planning manager Gruff Morris said Asda was granted more time to fine tune the plans.
This combination allows a user to fine tune the mixer to meet his specific process needs and the shear rates that are required to optimize his process.
If you do your best work in the garage, especially if the computer's out there, you should consider Prentice's new 'Garage' series, designed for hackers and quasi-experts who would fine tune systems and stretch the desktop's potential.