tuning fork


: a 2-pronged metal implement that gives a fixed tone when struck and is useful for tuning musical instruments and ascertaining standard pitch

Illustration of tuning fork

Illustration of tuning fork

Examples of tuning fork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers behind the new study, including Davis and undergraduate ecology students, conducted more than 350 tests on spiders across 20 roads using a tuning fork on the spider’s web to simulate prey behavior. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 25 Feb. 2024 The design centered on a tiny, dual-ended vibrating tuning fork carved out of quartz using standard silicon-wafer-processing techniques. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Apr. 2022 Here, skilled masseuses use tuning forks to enhance massages and treatments with frequency vibrations to calm the mind and spirit. Livia Hengel, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 Throughout the massage, the therapist explains the purpose of each chakra and the botanicals in the corresponding oil, and applies a tuning fork to pressure points to release stagnant energy. Anna Haines, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 Prussian meteorologist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove is credited as the first person to note this phenomenon, detecting it in 1839 using tuning forks. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 7 Mar. 2023 Citing enough research to assuage skeptics, Your Brain on Art provides abundant ideas for engaging with the arts, ranging from the intuitive (memorizing dance choreography to stave off dementia) to the outlandish (sounding a tuning fork during a business meeting to reduce stress). Amy Brady, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2023 This quartz tuning fork responds to inertial forces and forms the heart of the GyroChip. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Apr. 2022 Bailey remembers spending most of filming in a tuning fork, a mechanism that locks an actor into a harness that then can spin and rotate to emulate swimming. Nick Romano, EW.com, 4 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tuning fork was in 1799

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“Tuning fork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tuning%20fork. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

tuning fork

: a metal instrument that gives a fixed tone when struck and is useful in tuning musical instruments

Medical Definition

tuning fork

tun·​ing fork ˈt(y)ün-iŋ- How to pronounce tuning fork (audio)
: a 2-pronged metal implement that gives a fixed tone when struck

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