1
: precisely adjusted for the highest level of performance, efficiency, or effectiveness
a fine-tuned machine
His voice on "Always Late with Your Kisses" rolled along its cordillera of syllables like a fine-tuned sports car.Bryan Di Salvatore
2
: improved or refined over time
His story is that of a man with an exquisitely fine-tuned creative imagination …Bruce McCall
It is one of the many recipes that are treasured family hand-downs or the fine-tuned ideas of Marilyn Lewis …Caroline Bates

Examples of fine-tuned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Minerva uses Google’s own language model, Pathways Language Model (PaLM), which is fine-tuned on scientific papers from the arXiv online preprint server and other sources with formatted math. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Mar. 2023 The ride then soft opens to a limited group, like fellow park employees or annual passholders, and is fine-tuned before opening to the general public. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2023 While the exact temperatures and impacts are still being fine-tuned, the Climate Prediction Center is calling for the Southeast to feel the pendulum swing the most. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 6 Mar. 2023 Indianapolis Star South Knox's competitive spirit was fine-tuned while punishing Eastern Greene 65-32 on March 3 in Indiana boys high school basketball action. Indy Star Sports, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Mar. 2023 Bethany Christian's competitive spirit was fine-tuned while punishing Hamilton 66-26 in Indiana boys basketball action on Feb. 28. Indy Star Sports, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Mar. 2023 Once fine-tuned, the team’s new system could become a useful tool within retail companies’ massive warehouses and distribution hubs, alongside casual consumers’ everyday home activities. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 27 Feb. 2023 The group fine-tuned the record to include on their latest. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 15 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fine-tuned was in 1926

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“Fine-tuned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fine-tuned. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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