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Definitions of tone

  1. utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; " The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
  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"
  3. of one's speech, varying the pitch
  4. 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"
  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"
  6. a musical interval of two semitones
  7. give a healthy elasticity to; " Let's tone our muscles"
  8. change the color or tone of
  9. ( linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages; " the Beijing dialect uses four tones"
  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"
  11. the quality of a person's voice; " he began in a conversational tone"; " he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
  12. the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; " the doctor tested my tonicity"
  13. ( 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"
  14. change to a color image; " tone a photographic image"
  15. change the color or tone of; " tone a negative"
  16. 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.
  17. The condition of normal balance of a healthy plant in its relations to light, heat, and moisture.
  18. 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.
  19. Accent, or inflection or modulation of the voice, as adapted to express emotion or passion.
  20. 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.
  21. A sound considered as to pitch; as, the seven tones of the octave; she has good high tones.
  22. 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.
  23. The peculiar quality of sound in any voice or instrument; as, a rich tone, a reedy tone.
  24. A mode or tune or plain chant; as, the Gregorian tones.
  25. 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.
  26. Tonicity; as, arterial tone.
  27. State of mind; temper; mood.
  28. Tenor; character; spirit; drift; as, the tone of his remarks was commendatory.
  29. 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.
  30. To utter with an affected tone.
  31. To give tone, or a particular tone, to; to tune. See Tune, v. t.
  32. To bring, as a print, to a certain required shade of color, as by chemical treatment.
  33. 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.
  34. Color quality proper; - called also hue. Also, a gradation of color, either a hue, or a tint or shade.
  35. 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.
  36. To bring to a required shade or color.
  37. To harmonize in color; as, the wall paper tones with the curtains.
  38. Toned.
  39. Toning.
  40. 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.
  41. To utter with an affected tone: to intone.
  42. Sound; strength or quality of sound; prevailing color; character or style; mood; healthy vigor.
  43. To give a tone to.
  44. To give tone to; modify in tone; tune.
  45. A sound having a definite pitch; characteristic sound, as of a voice.
  46. A mood.
  47. Characteristic style.
  48. Vocal inflection; mode of utterance.
  49. 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.
  50. To utter in an affected tone; to tune.
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Usage examples for tone

  1. " I have nothing to forgive," he replied in an altered tone. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. Well, Jim, he asked in a low tone, what is it? – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
  3. It was worth while taking this tone with him. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  4. Jacques would sometimes take a laughing but advisatory tone with Regnard. – Francezka by Molly Elliot Seawell
  5. It is no part of a perfect tone. – Resonance in Singing and Speaking by Thomas Fillebrown
  6. Our conversation, which had not been heard outside of the hut, had been carried on in a low tone; so no one besides Umnini knew who I was. – The White Chief of the Caffres by A.W. Drayson
  7. Her voice was low, and tho' there was no anger in it, the tone seemed that of reproach. – Richard Carvel, Volume 5 by Winston Churchill
  8. He did not like this tone either. – The Happiest Time of Their Lives by Alice Duer Miller
  9. " I must go to the station," she said to Ray, in a matter- of- fact tone that put him far away from her. – The Precipice by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  10. Don't you think you could tone him down? – The Happiest Time of Their Lives by Alice Duer Miller
  11. " He has made himself too sure of it," said the father, in almost an angry tone. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  12. He then spoke slowly and in a low tone: To fail after what you have said and after all your kindness would be terrible. – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe
  13. " They're all right," argued Clancy, feeling from Baldwin's tone that he had not yet reached the point. – Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant by Hugh S. Fullerton
  14. Presently Beaumarchais changed his tone. – The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France by Charles Duke Yonge
  15. " Yes," said Mr Braine in a low tone. – The Rajah of Dah by George Manville Fenn
  16. " Wait a moment," said Mr. George to Rollo, in a low tone. – Rollo in Holland by Jacob Abbott
  17. Mr. Hayley's tone was not very pleasant. – Good Old Anna by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  18. I could tell from Mr. Lucas' tone that such an idea had never occurred to him. – Esther A Book for Girls by Rosa Nouchette Carey
  19. It was the voice of Mrs Catanach, but both words and tone were almost English. – Malcolm by George MacDonald
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