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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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Many people consider bare-shaft testing a good method of fine-tuning a compound bow shot with a release aid.
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.
As stated, the primary inference of fine-tuning is that, out of all possible universes, we live in a universe that seems particularly conducive to evolving life.
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.
His program places a lot of emphasis on the development and fine-tuning of the fundamental-movement skills.
The program ran fairly well even though the product was incomplete (some of the key components were missing) and still needed some fine-tuning.
Bell Cellular closed the service loop between the three centres at a cost of approximately $20 million and, according to communications co-ordinator Robin Sparks, the company is now fine-tuning the system.
In the graphic design industry, kerning is the fine-tuning or adjustment of space between letterforms (type).