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tone - Dictionary definition and meaning for word tone

Definition
(noun) the quality of a person's voice
Synonyms : tone of voice
Example Sentence
  • he began in a conversational tone
  • he spoke in a nervous tone of voice

Definition
(noun) (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages
Example Sentence
  • the Beijing dialect uses four tones

Definition
(noun) (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
Synonyms : quality , timber , timbre
Example Sentence
  • the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely
  • the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet

Definition
(noun) the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
Synonyms : feel , feeling , flavor , flavour , look , smell , spirit
Example Sentence
  • the feel of the city excited him
  • a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
  • it had the smell of treason

Definition
(noun) a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
Synonyms : shade , tincture , tint
Example Sentence
  • after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted

Definition
(noun) a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
Synonyms : musical note , note
Example Sentence
  • the singer held the note too long

Definition
(noun) a steady sound without overtones
Synonyms : pure tone
Example Sentence
  • they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies

Definition
(noun) the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
Synonyms : tonicity , tonus
Example Sentence
  • the doctor tested my tonicity

Definition
(noun) a musical interval of two semitones
Synonyms : step , whole step , whole tone

Definition
(noun) the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
Synonyms : chant , intone
Example Sentence
  • The students chanted the same slogan over and over again

Definition
(verb) vary the pitch of one's speech
Synonyms : inflect , modulate

Definition
(verb) change the color or tone of
Example Sentence
  • tone a negative

Definition
(verb) change to a color image
Example Sentence
  • tone a photographic image

Definition
(verb) give a healthy elasticity to
Synonyms : strengthen , tone up
Example Sentence
  • Let's tone our muscles

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