tuning fork

noun

Definition of 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 company acquired a new MEMS rate gyroscope technology concept based on a Coriolis force tuning fork, but the technology had yet to be commercialized for high volume production. Stephen Ibaraki, Forbes, 12 July 2022 This batch manufacturing, together with laser trimming and electronically programming calibration techniques, radically reduced the cost per tuning fork. Stephen Ibaraki, Forbes, 12 July 2022 The Collins—a gin sour lengthened with cold soda water—is perfect and complete and deeply resonant, summer’s own liquid tuning fork, preternaturally refreshing and infinitely repeatable. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 21 May 2022 As in the movie, Black Bolt wears a tuning fork on his forehead to help channel his powers. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 6 May 2022 The finish lingers like the clear pitch of a tuning fork. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 The first is plush velvet, the second taut and clear as a high C struck on a tuning fork. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 Starting next week, the sound of Kondo’s delicate hand striking a crystal with a tuning fork to energetically clear a space will become a similarly ubiquitous mental device. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, 27 Aug. 2021 Helm has described the barn and the on-site Levon Helm Studios as a tuning fork for musicians, a magical conduit into the heart of creativity. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 30 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tuning fork

1799, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tuning fork was in 1799

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27 Jul 2022

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“Tuning fork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tuning%20fork. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for tuning fork

tuning fork

noun

Kids Definition of tuning fork

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

tuning fork

noun
tun·​ing fork | \ ˈt(y)ün-iŋ- How to pronounce tuning fork (audio) \

Medical Definition of tuning fork

: a 2-pronged metal implement that gives a fixed tone when struck

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