Definition of Tone

1. Noun. The quality of a person's voice. "He spoke in a nervous tone of voice"

Exact synonyms: Tone Of Voice
Generic synonyms: Delivery, Manner Of Speaking, Speech
Specialized synonyms: Note, Rotundity, Roundness, Undertone
Derivative terms: Intonate



2. Verb. Utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically. "Sam and Sue tone"; "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
Exact synonyms: Chant, Intone
Generic synonyms: Mouth, Speak, Talk, Utter, Verbalise, Verbalize
Derivative terms: Chant, Intonation

3. Noun. (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages. "The Beijing dialect uses four tones"
Generic synonyms: Pitch
Category relationships: Linguistics
Derivative terms: Intonate, Tonal, Tonic

4. Verb. Vary the pitch of one's speech.
Exact synonyms: Inflect, Modulate
Generic synonyms: Mouth, Speak, Talk, Utter, Verbalise, Verbalize
Derivative terms: Inflection, Inflection, Modulation, Modulation

5. Noun. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound). "The muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
Exact synonyms: Quality, Timber, Timbre
Generic synonyms: Sound Property
Specialized synonyms: Harmonic, Resonance, Color, Coloration, Colour, Colouration, Nasality, Plangency, Resonance, Reverberance, Ringing, Sonority, Sonorousness, Vibrancy, Shrillness, Stridence, Stridency, Register
Category relationships: Music
Derivative terms: Tonal

6. Verb. Change the color or tone of. "Tone a negative"
Generic synonyms: Color, Colour, Discolor, Discolour
Derivative terms: Toner, Toner

7. Noun. The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people. "It had the smell of treason"
Exact synonyms: Feel, Feeling, Flavor, Flavour, Look, Smell, Spirit
Generic synonyms: Ambiance, Ambience, Atmosphere
Specialized synonyms: Hollywood, Zeitgeist
Derivative terms: Feel, Feel, Feel, Look, Spirit, Spiritize

8. Verb. Change to a color image. "Tone a photographic image"
Generic synonyms: Color, Color In, Colorise, Colorize, Colour, Colour In, Colourise, Colourize
Derivative terms: Toner

9. Noun. A quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color. "After several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
Exact synonyms: Shade, Tincture, Tint
Generic synonyms: Color, Coloring, Colour, Colouring
Specialized synonyms: Mellowness, Richness, Tinge, Undertone
Derivative terms: Tincture, Tint

10. Verb. Give a healthy elasticity to. "Let's tone our muscles"
Exact synonyms: Strengthen, Tone Up
Generic synonyms: Exercise, Work Out

11. Noun. A notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound. "The singer held the note too long"

12. Noun. A steady sound without overtones. "They tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
Exact synonyms: Pure Tone
Generic synonyms: Auditory Sensation, Sound
Specialized synonyms: Harmonic
Derivative terms: Tonal

13. Noun. The elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli. "The doctor tested my tonicity"
Exact synonyms: Tonicity, Tonus
Category relationships: Muscle, Muscular Tissue
Generic synonyms: Tautness, Tenseness, Tension, Tensity
Specialized synonyms: Catatonia, Muscle Tone, Muscular Tonus, Myotonia, Hypertonia, Hypertonicity, Hypertonus, Hypotonia, Hypotonicity, Hypotonus
Derivative terms: Tonic, Tonic
Antonyms: Atonicity

14. Noun. A musical interval of two semitones.
Exact synonyms: Step, Whole Step, Whole Tone
Generic synonyms: Interval, Musical Interval

15. Noun. The quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author. "From the tone of her behavior I gathered that I had outstayed my welcome"
Generic synonyms: Quality

Definition of Tone

1. n. Sound, or the character of a sound, or a sound considered as of this or that character; as, a low, high, loud, grave, acute, sweet, or harsh tone.

2. v. t. To utter with an affected tone.

3. n. Quality, with respect to attendant feeling; the more or less variable complex of emotion accompanying and characterizing a sensation or a conceptual state; as, feeling tone; color tone.

Definition of Tone

1. Noun. (music) A specific pitch. ¹

2. Noun. (music) (''in the diatonic scale'') An interval of a major second. ¹

3. Noun. (music) (''in a Gregorian chant'') A recitational melody. ¹

4. Noun. The character of a sound, especially the timbre of an instrument or voice. ¹

5. Noun. (linguistics) The pitch of a word that distinguishes a difference in meaning, for example in Chinese. ¹

6. Noun. (literature) The manner in which speech or writing is expressed. ¹

7. Noun. The shade or quality of a colour. ¹

8. Noun. The definition and firmness of a muscle or organ. see also: tonus ¹

9. Noun. (biology) The state of a living body or of any of its organs or parts in which the functions are healthy and performed with due vigor. ¹

10. Noun. (biology) Normal tension or responsiveness to stimuli. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) to give a particular tone to ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) to change the colour of ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) to make (something) firmer ¹

14. Verb. (intransitive) to harmonize, especially in colour ¹

15. Pronoun. (context: now dialectal) The one (of two). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tone

1. to give a particular tone (a sound of definite pitch and vibration) to [v TONED, TONING, TONES]

Medical Definition of Tone

1. 1. The normal degree of vigour and tension, in muscle, the resistance to passive elongation or stretch, tonus. 2. A particular quality of sound or of voice. 3. To make permanent or to change, the colour of silver stain by chemical treatment, usually with a heavy metal. Origin: Gr. Tonos, L. Tonus This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tone

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tonames
tonant
tonaphasia
tonation
tonations
tonca bean
tonca beans
toncanet
tondi
tondini
tondino
tondinos
tondo
tondos
tone (current term)
tone-beginning
tone-deaf
tone arm
tone arms
tone colour
tone deafness
tone decay test
tone dialing
tone dialling
tone down
tone ending
tone language
tone mark
tone marks

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