Dictionary: TUNE-FUL – TUN'NEL-NET

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Harmonious; melodious; musical; as, tuneful notes; tuneful birds. – Milton. Dryden.


Harmoniously; musically.


  1. Unmusical; unharmonious.
  2. Not employed in making music; as, a tuneless harp.

TUN-ER, n.

  1. One who tunes.
  2. One whose occupation is to tune musical instruments.

TUNG, n.1

A name given by the Indians to a small insect called by the Spaniards pique, which inserts its eggs within the human skin; an insect very troublesome in the East and West Indies. – Cyc.

TUNG, n.2 [Sax. tung, tunga; Goth. tugga; Sw. tunga; Dan. tunge; D. tong; G. zunge. The common orthography, tongue, is incorrect.]

In man, the chief instrument of taste, and one of the instruments of speech. [See Tongue.]


A. salt formed of tungstic acid and a base.

TUNG'STEN, n. [Sw. and Dan. tung, heavy, and sten, stone.]

  1. A metal discovered by D'Elhuyart in 1781. It has a grayish white color, and considerable luster. It is brittle, nearly as hard as steel, and less fusible than manganese Its specific gravity is near 17.6. When heated to redness in the open air, it takes fire, and is converted into tungstic acid. It is sometimes called Wolframium.
  2. An obsolete name for a mineral which is an impure tungstale of lime.


Pertaining to or procured from tungsten. [Obs.]


An acid composed of one equivalent of the metal tungsten, and three equivalents of oxygen.

TU'NIC, n. [Fr. tunique; L. tunica. See Town and Tun.]

  1. A kind of waistcoat or under garment worn by men in ancient Rome and the east. ln the later ages of the republic, the tunic was a long garment with sleeves. – Cyc.
  2. Among the religious, a woolen shirt or under garment.
  3. In anatomy, a membrane that covers or composes some part or organ; as, the tunics or coats of the eye; the tunics of the stomach, or the membranous and muscular layers which compose it. – Cyc.
  4. A natural covering; an integument; as, the tunic of a seed.

TU'NIC-A-RY, n. [from tunic.]

An animal of the molluscan tribe, enveloped with a double tunic. – Kirby.


In botany, covered with a tunic, or membranes; coated. A tunicated bulb, is one composed of numerous concentric coats, as an onion. – Martyn.

TU'NI-CLE, n. [from tunic.]

A natural covering; an integument. – Ray. Bentley.

TUN-ING, ppr.

Uttering harmoniously or melodiously; tuning in due order for making the proper sounds.


A steel instrument consisting of two prongs and a handle; used for tuning instruments. – Busby.


An instrument for tuning instruments of music. – Busby.

TUNK'ER, n. [G. tunken, to dip.]

The tunkers are a religious sect in Pennsylvania, of German origin, resembling English baptists.

TUN'NAGE, n. [from tun.]

  1. The amount of tuns that a ship; will carry; the content or burden of a ship. A ship pays a duty according to her tunnage.
  2. The duty charged on ships according to their burden, or the number of tuns at which they are rated. U. States' Laws.
  3. A duty laid on liquors according to their measure. – Cyc.
  4. A duty paid to mariners by merchants for unloading their ships, after a rate by the tun. – Cyc.
  5. The whole amount of shipping, estimated by the tuns.

TUN'NEL, n. [Fr. tonnelle.]

  1. A vessel with a broad mouth at one end, and a pipe or tube at the other, for conveying liquor into casks, bottles, &c.
  2. The opening of a chimney for the passage of smoke; called generally a tunnel.
  3. A large subterraneous arch through a hill for a canal and the passage of boats. Smaller drains or culverts are also called tunnels. – Cyc.
  4. An arched way or road under ground or a river; as, the tunnel under the Thames in England.

TUN'NEL, v.t.

  1. To form like a tunnel; as, to tunnel fibrous plants into nests. – Derham.
  2. To catch in a net called a tunnel-net.
  3. To form with net-work. – Derham.
  4. To make an opening or way for passage, through a hill, or mountain, or under a river.


Formed like a tunnel; penetrated by an artificial opening for a passage.


Forming like a tunnel; penetrating by a subterraneous passage.


A lime-kiln in which coal is burnt, as distinguished from a flame-kiln, in which wood or peat is used. – Cyc.


A net with a wide mouth at one end and narrow at the other. – Cyc.