tunable

adjective
tun·​able | \ ˈtü-nə-bəl How to pronounce tunable (audio) , ˈtyü- \

Definition of tunable

1 : capable of being tuned tunable lasers
2 archaic
b : sounding in tune : concordant

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Other Words from tunable

tunability \ ˌtü-​nə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce tunability (audio) , ˌtyü-​ \ noun
tunableness \ ˈtü-​nə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce tunableness (audio) , ˈtyü-​ \ noun
tunably \ ˈtü-​nə-​blē How to pronounce tunably (audio) , ˈtyü-​ \ adverb

Examples of tunable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Physicists must employ a variety of tunable toy models to perform those calculations. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "The Fuzzball Fix for a Black Hole Paradox," 23 June 2015 The sounds were created with audio equipment, including oscillators, that created tunable sound waves. New York Times, "Mario Davidovsky, Composer Who Made Electronics Sing, Dies at 85," 28 Aug. 2019 The rover's tunable laser spectrometer, called SAM, which stands for Sample Analysis at Mars, detected the largest amount of methane ever measured during its mission. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Curiosity rover detects highest levels of methane on Mars," 24 June 2019 The tunable laser spectrometer aboad the rover found the largest amount of methane ever measured during mession — about 21 parts per billion units per volume. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Did a rover on Mars just sniff out life?," 24 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of tunable

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Tunable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tunable. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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