tun·​able ˈtü-nə-bəl How to pronounce tunable (audio)
: capable of being tuned
tunable lasers
: sounding in tune : concordant
tunability noun
tunableness noun
tunably adverb

Examples of tunable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The resulting quantum dots had a good size distribution and were tunable over a broad spectral range, including SWIR. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 18 Jan. 2024 In bilayer graphene, two sheets of carbon atoms stack on top of each other, creating a unique platform with tunable band gaps through the application of an electric field perpendicular to the layers. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Jan. 2024 DeepMind had shown that its Chinchilla LLM, with 70 billion parameters (which are tunable variables and used to indicate model size), could beat its Gopher model with 280 billion parameters if Chinchilla was given four times the data. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 9 Jan. 2024 The study says that DART provides a reversible and tunable eletrogenetic interface that operates with readily available batteries. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 2 Aug. 2023 Street of Dreams homes are equipped with electric vehicle-charging stations and smart home technology and luxuries such as the Marvin Awaken Skylight with automated air venting, sun-blocking shades and tunable LED lighting. Jeastman, oregonlive, 2 Aug. 2023 In one new study, however, researchers experimented with electrically tunable metasurfaces compatible with standard CMOS production techniques. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Mar. 2023 In 2017, Zhang and colleagues carried out a series of empirical tests on networks like AlexNet and VGG to see whether the algorithms that are used to train these ANNs are somehow effectively reducing the number of tunable parameters, resulting in a form of implicit regularization. Quanta Magazine, 11 Oct. 2021 And according to Zavattieri, the researchers involved see opportunities for their quizzical little lattice to be scaled down into tunable, sound-absorbing materials and radar shielding or move loads by harnessing the material’s thermal expansion capabilities. Ian Graber-Stiehl, Discover Magazine, 8 Dec. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tunable was circa 1500

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“Tunable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunable. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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