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. a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; " the singer held the note too long"
  5. a steady sound without overtones; " they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
  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"
  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"
  8. a musical interval of two semitones
  9. give a healthy elasticity to; " Let's tone our muscles"
  10. change the color or tone of
  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"
  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"
  13. the quality of a person's voice; " he began in a conversational tone"; " he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
  14. the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; " the doctor tested my tonicity"
  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"
  16. change to a color image; " tone a photographic image"
  17. change the color or tone of; " tone a negative"
  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.
  19. The condition of normal balance of a healthy plant in its relations to light, heat, and moisture.
  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.
  21. Accent, or inflection or modulation of the voice, as adapted to express emotion or passion.
  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.
  23. A sound considered as to pitch; as, the seven tones of the octave; she has good high tones.
  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.
  25. The peculiar quality of sound in any voice or instrument; as, a rich tone, a reedy tone.
  26. A mode or tune or plain chant; as, the Gregorian tones.
  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.
  28. Tonicity; as, arterial tone.
  29. State of mind; temper; mood.
  30. Tenor; character; spirit; drift; as, the tone of his remarks was commendatory.
  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.
  32. To utter with an affected tone.
  33. To give tone, or a particular tone, to; to tune. See Tune, v. t.
  34. To bring, as a print, to a certain required shade of color, as by chemical treatment.
  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.
  36. Color quality proper; - called also hue. Also, a gradation of color, either a hue, or a tint or shade.
  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.
  38. To bring to a required shade or color.
  39. To harmonize in color; as, the wall paper tones with the curtains.
  40. Toned.
  41. Toning.
  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.
  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.
  44. To utter with an affected tone: to intone.
  45. Sound; strength or quality of sound; prevailing color; character or style; mood; healthy vigor.
  46. To give a tone to.
  47. To give tone to; modify in tone; tune.
  48. A sound having a definite pitch; characteristic sound, as of a voice.
  49. A mood.
  50. Characteristic style.
  51. Vocal inflection; mode of utterance.
  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.
  53. To utter in an affected tone; to tune.

Quotes of tone

  1. It all begins with the initial tone coming from the cabinet, but EQ at the board is very important. – Daisy Berkowitz
  2. We are not won by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper; by the manner, which is the man himself. – Louis D. Brandeis
  3. Candor is a proof of both a just frame of mind, and of a good tone of breeding. It is a quality that belongs equally to the honest man and to the gentleman. – James F. Cooper
  4. This CD became something of a personal journey for me. The tone of the whole CD is uplifting and inspirational. It's an upper. We have enough downers in the world. – Roma Downey
  5. It's like spicy food- sometimes you have to tone it down so more people can enjoy it. – Kenneth Edmonds
  6. You have to understand the tone of the movie, because if it's supposed to be funny, it can be funny violent like the Home Alone stuff, but you have to really understand the tone of what you're doing and make the action work for that and for the character. – David R. Ellis
  7. Would that the simple maxim, that honesty is the best policy, might be laid to heart; that a sense of the true aim of life might elevate the tone of politics and trade till public and private honor become identical. – Margaret Fuller
  8. In OK Computer, the guitar was already moving towards a tone generator as well as a riff generator. – Colin Greenwood
  9. Tone can be as important as text. – Ed Koch
  10. I am perfectly conscious that this contempt and hatred underlies the general tone of the community towards us, and yet when I even remotely hint at the fact that we are not a favorite people I am accused of stirring up strife and setting barriers between the two sects. – Emma Lazarus
  11. We have hardly an adequate idea how all -powerful law is in forming public opinion, in giving tone and character to the mass of society. – Ernestine Rose
  12. The director calmed me down and told me I was being too hard on myself. He went on to say that I wasn't quite as bad as I thought, but needed to tone things down a bit. – Dwight Schultz
  13. The whole tone of Church teaching in regard to women is, to the last degree, contemptuous and degrading. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  14. There were also some cruel reviews by women, but the tone of the male reviewers, sometimes hysterical, was different. I have suffered, but I don't want to name names -but there have been men who have seemed to want to destroy me or my writing, men I don't even know. – Marguerite Young

Usage examples for tone

  1. " Wait a moment," said Mr. George to Rollo, in a low tone – Rollo in Holland by Jacob Abbott
  2. " He has made himself too sure of it," said the father, in almost an angry tone – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
  3. Well, Jim, he asked in a low tone what is it? – Cap'n Warren's Wards by Joseph C. Lincoln
  4. 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
  5. It was the voice of Mrs Catanach, but both words and tone were almost English. – Malcolm by George MacDonald
  6. " Yes," said Mr Braine in a low tone – The Rajah of Dah by George Manville Fenn
  7. " 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
  8. Mr. Maule spoke in a hard, rather breathless tone – Jane Oglander by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  9. 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
  10. Jacques would sometimes take a laughing but advisatory tone with Regnard. – Francezka by Molly Elliot Seawell
  11. " I have nothing to forgive," he replied in an altered tone – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. He did not like this tone either. – The Happiest Time of Their Lives by Alice Duer Miller
  13. 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
  14. It is no part of a perfect tone – Resonance in Singing and Speaking by Thomas Fillebrown
  15. Don't you think you could tone him down? – The Happiest Time of Their Lives by Alice Duer Miller
  16. It was worth while taking this tone with him. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  17. 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
  18. Mr. Hayley's tone was not very pleasant. – Good Old Anna by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  19. Presently Beaumarchais changed his tone – The Life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France by Charles Duke Yonge
  20. " 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

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