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Definitions of tone

  1. utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. of one's speech, varying the pitch Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a steady sound without overtones; "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a musical interval of two semitones Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. change the color or tone of Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages; "the Beijing dialect uses four tones" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. the quality of a person's voice; "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my tonicity" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. (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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  16. change to a color image; "tone a photographic image" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  17. change the color or tone of; "tone a negative" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  18. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The condition of normal balance of a healthy plant in its relations to light, heat, and moisture. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Accent, or inflection or modulation of the voice, as adapted to express emotion or passion. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. A whining style of speaking; a kind of mournful or artificial strain of voice; an affected speaking with a measured rhythm ahd a regular rise and fall of the voice; as, children often read with a tone. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. A sound considered as to pitch; as, the seven tones of the octave; she has good high tones. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. The larger kind of interval between contiguous sounds in the diatonic scale, the smaller being called a semitone as, a whole tone too flat; raise it a tone. Webster Dictionary DB
  25. The peculiar quality of sound in any voice or instrument; as, a rich tone, a reedy tone. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. A mode or tune or plain chant; as, the Gregorian tones. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. That state of a body, or of any of its organs or parts, in which the animal functions are healthy and performed with due vigor. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. Tonicity; as, arterial tone. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. State of mind; temper; mood. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. Tenor; character; spirit; drift; as, the tone of his remarks was commendatory. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. General or prevailing character or style, as of morals, manners, or sentiment, in reference to a scale of high and low; as, a low tone of morals; a tone of elevated sentiment; a courtly tone of manners. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. To utter with an affected tone. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. To give tone, or a particular tone, to; to tune. See Tune, v. t. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. To bring, as a print, to a certain required shade of color, as by chemical treatment. Webster Dictionary DB
  35. The general effect of a picture produced by the combination of light and shade, together with color in the case of a painting; - commonly used in a favorable sense; as, this picture has tone. Webster Dictionary DB
  36. Color quality proper; - called also hue. Also, a gradation of color, either a hue, or a tint or shade. Webster Dictionary DB
  37. Sound, or quality of sound; note; accent; key; quality of the voice; as, a high tone; interval between two successive whole sound-steps in the major scale; opposite to semitone; condition of the body; as, a healthy tone; the quality and harmony of the colors of a painting; a hue, tint, or shade of color, etc.; as, a brown tone; the general character or tenedncy; as, the tone of the rebuke made it acceptable; the sound of the voice as expressive of feeling; as, there was contempt in her tone. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  38. To bring to a required shade or color. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  39. To harmonize in color; as, the wall paper tones with the curtains. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  40. Toned. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  41. Toning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  42. 1. A musical sound. 2. The character of the voice expressing an emotion. 3. Firmness of the tissues; normal functioning of all the organs; strength. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  43. The character of a sound: quality of the voice: harmony of the colors of a painting, also its characteristic expression as distinguished by its color: character or style: state of mind: mood: a healthy state of the body. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  44. To utter with an affected tone: to intone. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  45. Sound; strength or quality of sound; prevailing color; character or style; mood; healthy vigor. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  46. To give a tone to. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  47. To give tone to; modify in tone; tune. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  48. A sound having a definite pitch; characteristic sound, as of a voice. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  49. A mood. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  50. Characteristic style. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  51. Vocal inflection; mode of utterance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  52. Sound, or a modification of sound; a particular inflection of the voice as modified by the feelings or passions; the particular sound of the voice in speaking or reading; the state of the body in regard to the healthy performance of its animal functions; in music, an interval of sound; in paint., the harmony of the colours of a picture in light and shade. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  53. To utter in an affected tone; to tune. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  54. The general effect of a picture produced by the combination of light and shade, together with color in the case of a painting; -- commonly used in a favorable sense; as, this picture has tone. mso.anu.edu.au
  55. The general effect of a picture produced by the combination of light and shade, together with color in the case of a painting; commonly used in a favorable sense; as, this picture has tone. dictgcide_fs
  56. Color quality proper; called also hue. Also, a gradation of color, either a hue, or a tint or shade. dictgcide_fs
  57. t[=o]n, n. the character of a sound: quality of the voice: harmony of the colours of a painting, also its characteristic or prevailing effect as due to the management of chiaroscuro and to the effect of light upon the quality of colour: (phot.) the shade or colour of a finished positive picture: (gram.) syllabic stress, special accent given to a syllable: character or style: state of mind: mood: a healthy state of the body.--v.t. to utter with an affected tone: to intone, to utter in a drawling way: to give tone or quality to, in respect either of sound or colour: to alter or modify the colour.--adj. T[=O]'NAL.--n. TONAL'ITY.--adjs. TONED, having a tone (in compounds); TONE'LESS.--TONE DOWN, to give a lower tone to, to moderate, to soften, to harmonise the colours of as to light and shade, as a painting. [L. tonus--Gr. tonos, a sound--tein[=o], to stretch.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  58. [Latin, Greek] A moderate or normal degree of tension or contraction; a state habitual to healthy muscular and other tissues, intermediate between complete relaxation and the contraction produced in doing work. na
  59. [Latin, Greek] Hence, a state of healthy and normal vigor of any part; a state intermediate between complete inaction on the one hand and over-excitation on the other. na
  60. [Latin, Greek] A simple sound of definite pitch; i. e., corresponding to a certain number of sonorous vibrations per second. Tone-deafness, see Amusia. na
  61. Sound, esp. w. ref. to pitch, quality, & strength; heart tt., sounds of heart heard in auscultation; musical sound (FUNDAMENTAL, HARMONIC, t.); modulation of voice to express emotion, sentiment, &c., as impatient, lively, imploring, despondent, bantering, suspicious, t.; (Gram.) stress on one syllable of word; (Mus.) ancient esp. Gregorian psalm-tune, (also whole t.) any of the larger intervals in diatonic scale, opp. to semitone; (medieval) proper condition of the bodily organs, state of health in which animal functions are duly performed, as has lost, recovered, t.; prevailing character of morals, sentiments, &c., as the t. of the nation must be raised, gave a flippant t. to the debate; general effect of colour or of light& shade in picture; tint, shade of colour; degree of luminosity of colour; (Photog.) colour of finished positive picture. Hence toneless a., tonelessness n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  62. Give tone or quality (of sound or colour) to (toned paper, esp. of pale amber tint); (Mus.) tune (instrument); (Photog.) give (picture), (of picture) receive, altered colour in finishing by means of chemical solution; harmonize (usu. intr.), as does not t. with the wallpaper; t. down, soften colouring of (picture), render (statement, expression, &c.) less pronounced, or confident, (intr.) become softer, less pronounced, &c.; t. up, give, receive, higher tone or character or greater vigour. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  63. Normal degree of vigor and tension. American pocket medical dictionary.
  64. A distinct definite sound; also the character or quality of a sound. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  65. The normal state of tension in healthy tissue; in physiology, the normal state of partial contraction of the arteries and muscles. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  66. [Gr., I stretch]. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  67. n. [Latin, Greek] Sound, or the character of a sound; a particular modification of a sound ; note, either grave or acute ;-any impulse or vibration of the air perceptible by the ear;-an accented sound ; an inflection or modulation of the voice;-in music, a sound considered as to pitch;-the larger kind of interval in the diatonic scale, the smaller being called a semitone;-the peculiar quality of sound in any voice or instrument :-healthy and vigorous state of the body or of its organs ;-state of mind; temper; mood;-tenor; spirit;-general or prevailing character or style, as of morals, manners, or sentiment ;-in painting, harmonious relation of colours in light and shade. Cabinet Dictionary

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