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tone

Noun

1 the quality of a person's voice; "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice" [syn: tone of voice]
2 (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages; "the Beijing dialect uses four tones"
3 (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet" [syn: timbre, timber, quality]
4 the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason" [syn: spirit, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell]
5 a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color; "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted" [syn: shade, tint, tincture]
6 a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long" [syn: note, musical note]
7 a steady sound without overtones; "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies" [syn: pure tone]
8 the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my tonicity" [syn: tonicity, tonus] [ant: atonicity]
9 a musical interval of two semitones [syn: whole tone, step, whole step]
10 the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author; "the general tone of articles appearing in the newspapers is that the government should withdraw"; "from the tone of her behavior I gathered that I had outstayed my welcome"

Verb

1 utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again" [syn: chant, intone]
2 of one's speech, varying the pitch [syn: inflect, modulate]
3 change the color or tone of; "tone a negative"
4 change to a color image; "tone a photographic image"
5 give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles" [syn: tone up, strengthen]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. a specific pitch,
  2. (in the diatonic scale) an interval of a major second
  3. (in a Gregorian chant) a recitational melody
  4. the character of a sound, especially the timbre of an instrument or voice
  5. the pitch of a word that distinguishes a difference in meaning, for example in Chinese
  6. the manner in which speech or writing is expressed
  7. the shade or quality of a colour
  8. the definition and firmness of a muscle or organ

Translations

specific pitch, quality and duration; a note
an interval of a major second
character of a sound, especially the timbre of an instrument or voice
pitch of a word that distinguishes a difference in meaning
manner in which speech or writing is expressed
shade or quality of a colour
firmness of a muscle or organ
sheets of sticky plastic with dots printed on them used to create comic books

Verb

  1. to give a particular tone to
  2. to change the colour of
  3. to make (something) firmer
  4. to harmonize, especially in colour

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

give a tone to
change the colour of
make (something) firmer
harmonize, especially in colour

Anagrams

Swahili

Noun

tone

Extensive Definition

Tone may refer to:

Music

Theory

Other

  • Tones, album by Eric Johnson
  • 2 Tone (or Two Tone), style of music combining elements of ska and punk

Language and writing

Telephone and electronics

  • Dial tone, a signal indicating that the exchange is ready to accept a call
  • Dual-tone multi-frequency, a dialing system also known as Touch-Tone
  • Ringtone, the sound made by a telephone to indicate an incoming call
  • Tone control circuits, used to modify an audio signal before it is fed to speakers, headphones or recording devices by way of an amplifier

Geography

Ships

  • Tone, Japanese cruiser employed during World War I
  • Tone, Japanese cruiser employed during World War II

Physiology

  • Muscle tone, the state of tension or responsiveness of the organs or tissues of the body.
  • Toning exercises, the use of exercise to develop hard, but not necessarily large, musculature

People

tone in German: Tone
tone in Modern Greek (1453-): Τόνος (ήχος)
tone in Hebrew: טון
tone in Italian: Tono (disambigua)
tone in Slovak: Tone

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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