Definition of Tonic

1. Noun. Lime- or lemon-flavored carbonated water containing quinine.

Exact synonyms: Quinine Water, Tonic Water
Terms within: Quinine
Substance meronyms: Gin And Tonic
Generic synonyms: Soft Drink

2. Adjective. Of or relating to or producing normal tone or tonus in muscles or tissue. "Tonic muscle contraction"
Category relationships: Physiology
Derivative terms: Tone, Tonicity
Partainyms: Tonus

3. Noun. A sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring. "In New England they call sodas tonics"
Exact synonyms: Pop, Soda, Soda Pop, Soda Water
Generic synonyms: Soft Drink
Terms within: Carbonated Water, Club Soda, Seltzer, Soda Water, Sparkling Water

4. Adjective. Employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words. "Chinese is a tonal language"
Exact synonyms: Tonal
Partainyms: Tone, Tone
Derivative terms: Tone, Tone

5. Noun. (music) the first note of a diatonic scale.
Exact synonyms: Keynote
Generic synonyms: Musical Note, Note, Tone
Specialized synonyms: C
Category relationships: Music

6. Adjective. Used of syllables. "A tonic syllables carries the main stress in a word"
Exact synonyms: Accented
Antonyms: Atonic

7. Noun. A medicine that strengthens and invigorates.
Exact synonyms: Restorative
Specialized synonyms: Bracer, Pick-me-up
Generic synonyms: Medicament, Medication, Medicinal Drug, Medicine
Derivative terms: Restorative, Restorative

8. Adjective. Relating to or being the keynote of a major or minor scale. "Tonic harmony"
Similar to: Tonal
Derivative terms: Tone

9. Adjective. Imparting vitality and energy. "The bracing mountain air"
Exact synonyms: Bracing, Brisk, Fresh, Refreshful, Refreshing
Similar to: Invigorating
Derivative terms: Freshness

Definition of Tonic

1. a. Of or relating to tones or sounds; specifically (Phon.), applied to, or distingshing, a speech sound made with tone unmixed and undimmed by obstruction, such sounds, namely, the vowels and diphthongs, being so called by Dr. James Rush (1833) " from their forming the purest and most plastic material of intonation."

2. n. A tonic element or letter; a vowel or a diphthong.

3. a. Characterized by continuous muscular contraction; as, tonic convulsions.

Definition of Tonic

1. Adjective. (physics pathology) Pertaining to tension, especially of muscles. ¹

2. Adjective. Restorative, curative or invigorating. ¹

3. Noun. A drink intended to restore or invigorate. ¹

4. Noun. Tonic water. ¹

5. Noun. (US Northeastern US) Any of various carbonated, non-alcoholic beverages; soda pop. ¹

6. Noun. (figuratively) Something that revitalises or reinvigorates. ¹

7. Adjective. (music) Pertaining to the keynote of a composition. ¹

8. Adjective. Pertaining to the accent or stress in a word or in speech. ¹

9. Noun. (music) The first note of a scale. ¹

10. Noun. (music) The triad built on the tonic note. ¹

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Definition of Tonic

1. something that invigorates or refreshes [n -S]

Medical Definition of Tonic

1. 1. Producing and restoring the normal tone. 2. Characterised by continuous tension. 3. A term formerly used for a class of medicinal preparations believed to have the power of restoring normal tone to tissue. Origin: Gr. Tonikos This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tonic

tonguing and grooving plane
tonic (current term)
tonic-clonic seizure
tonic accent
tonic contraction
tonic control
tonic convulsion
tonic epilepsy
tonic key
tonic pupil
tonic reflex
tonic seizure
tonic solfa
tonic spasm
tonic water
tonic waters

Literary usage of Tonic

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1. On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music by Hermann von Helmholtz, Alexander John Ellis (1885)
"The tonic chord of any tonal mode can of course only be one -which more or less perfectly represents the compound tone of the tonic, that is, that major or ..."

2. On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music by Hermann von Helmholtz (1895)
"The tonic chord of any tonal mode can of course only be one which more or less perfectly represents the compound tone of the tonic, that is, that major or ..."

3. Modern Harmony in Its Theory and Practice by Arthur Foote, Walter Raymond Spalding (1905)
"The first degree, popularly known as the key-note, is called the tonic: this is an abbreviation of the Latin tonica, and means the Tone, ie, the chief tone ..."

4. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1885)
"In 1865 Mr. Curwen established the tonic s ''-fa press at ... A most important element of success in the tonic Sol-fa movement was the foothold it gained in ..."

5. The Boston Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music: Being a by Handel and Haydn Society (Boston, Mass.), Mass Handel and Haydn Society (Boston, Lowell Mason (1830)
"What is the first note of the Scalp, or the Key note called 1 The tonic. ... Because of its situation ; being the next above the tonic. The Mediant. ..."

6. The Material Used in Musical Composition: A System of Harmony Designed by Percy Goetschius (1913)
"This is the fundamental representative of the tonic class of chords. ... The V, because of its nearness to the tonic center (one harmonic degree removed), ..."

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