tun·​able | \ ˈtü-nə-bəl , ˈtyü-\

Definition of tunable

1 : capable of being tuned tunable lasers

2 archaic

a : tuneful
b : sounding in tune : concordant

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Other Words from tunable

tunability \ ˌtü-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē , ˌtyü-​ \ noun
tunableness \ ˈtü-​nə-​bəl-​nəs , ˈtyü-​ \ noun
tunably \ ˈtü-​nə-​blē , ˈtyü-​ \ adverb

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Because the hardest part of underwater microscopy is focusing, the scientists built an electrically tunable lens that works much like the lens in your eye. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Underwater Microscope That Can Survive on the Ocean Floor," 12 Sep. 2016 While easy to adjust, the tunable lens can focus on only one plane of an image at a time. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Underwater Microscope That Can Survive on the Ocean Floor," 12 Sep. 2016 He was joined by the Kronos Quartet and Van-Anh Vo, a virtuoso on several Vietnamese instruments: a zither; a tunable single-string instrument; a bamboo xylophone; drums; gongs. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "Review: Kronos Quartet Revisits Vietnam Horror in ‘My Lai’," 28 Sep. 2017 The initial position of the shuttle relative to the window is also a tunable element. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Prime Cuts: We Cut Open a Multimatic Spool-Valve Damper to Reveal Its Secrets," 3 Nov. 2017 The car was equipped with a tunable rear wing and aluminum vanes along the side of the car’s nose. OregonLive.com, "Rolla Vollstedt: Oregon's Indy 500 pioneer dies at age 99," 2 Nov. 2017 Second, the combined neural network uses a new architecture that allows for many more layers of tunable artificial neurons than those in the first AlphaGo. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "This computer program can beat humans at Go—with no human instruction," 18 Oct. 2017 And if those antennae were tunable, the cloak could adapt to conceal a constantly moving object. William Herkewitz, Seventeen, "Stop Everything — An IRL Invisibility Cloak Might Actually Be Happening!," 21 Sep. 2015 Each of its mirrors is individually tunable from afar, so any errors in focus will not necessitate a trip to space to install a physical corrective lens, like Hubble needed. Sarah Lewin, NBC News, "Gigantic Space Telescope Set for Long Stint in the Deep Freeze," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of tunable

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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