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

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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)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tone

tonca bean
tonca beans
tone (current term)
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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