Definitions of tone

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