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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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If a second printing is forthcoming, Giberson should include a section on another kind of fine-tuning.
Fine-tuning a bow is a very complicated (and hotly debated) matter.
But, if one is not moved by these considerations, the earlier failure of the fine-tuning argument invites the conclusion that Hudson has failed to rally any philosophical grounds for belief in hyperspace.
Therefore, the nestling size gap between the north and east woods comes mainly from immigration rather than from some local fine-tuning by natural selection.
In the manufacturing plant you need fine-tuning to get the last 5% or so.
At the same time, we must strive to build upon our past successes by retaining and fine-tuning what has worked and putting aside that which may have lost its vitality.
The PresenterPAK interface offers a friendly graphical user interface, and the simple image adjustments allow fine-tuning of images.
What we are seeing is a strategic fine-tuning in a slow economy, not an exodus.
The goal, company executives say, is to allow management to do continual fine-tuning and adjustments, what-if scenarios and other functions to keep on top of changing financial conditions and take swift corrective action when necessary.
The deposition system has high-speed, in situ diagnostics, which permit real-time fine-tuning of the two laser plumes to optimize the deposition parameters.
Cost-cutting "is a question of fine-tuning," he said.
One person wrote the first draft, emailed it to the next person who added content, corrections, and fine-tuning.
In order to do dynamic fine-tuning, you need access to two key functions.
This cover story, by journalist Gregg Easterbrook (and adapted from his book Beside Still Waters: Searching for Meaning in an Age of Doubt), also raises the fine-tuning question.