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  Definition of tone
  1. 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"
  2. (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages; "the Beijing dialect uses four tones"
  3. (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"
  4. 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 gathe
  5. a steady sound without overtones; "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
  6. a musical interval of two semitones
  7. a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
  8. the quality of a person''s voice; "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
  9. 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"
  10. the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my tonicity"
  11. give a healthy elasticity to; "Let''s tone our muscles"
  12. change to a color image; "tone a photographic image"
  13. change the color or tone of; "tone a negative"
  14. of one''s speech, varying the pitch
  15. utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
Similar Words: shade, tint, tincture, timbre, timber, quality, pure tone, whole tone, step, whole step, note, musical note, tone of voice, spirit, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell, tonicity, tonus, tone up, strengthen, inflect, modulate, chant, intone


Hyponyms: undertone, tinge, resonance, color, colour, coloration, colouration, harshness, roughness, fullness, mellowness, richness, nasality, plangency, reverberance, ringing, sonorousness, sonority, vibrancy, shrillness, stridence, stridency, register, harmonic, tonic, keynote, supertonic, mediant, subdominant, dominant, submediant, subtonic, leading tone, pedal point, pedal, trill, shake, middle C, chord, passing note, passing tone, whole note, semibreve, half note, minim, quarter note, crotchet, eighth note, quaver, sixteenth note, semiquaver, thirty-second note, demisemiquaver, sixty-fourth note, hemidemisemiquaver, grace note, appoggiatura, acciaccatura, blue note, monotone, note, Hollywood, Zeitgeist, catatonia, muscular tonus, muscle tone, myotonia, hypertonia, hypertonus, hypertonicity, hypotonia, hypotonus, hypotonicity


Member Meronyms: scale, musical scale


Derivational Morphology: tincture, tint, tinct, bepaint, tinge, touch, inflect, modulate, intonate, intone, look, appear, seem, feel, spirit, spirit up, inspirit, spiritize, spiritise, tone up, strengthen, tonicity, tonus, shade, toner, modulation, inflection, intonation, pitch contour, prosody, timbre, timber, quality, chanting, chant


Anagrams: note


Language Translations:
Catalan: to   Danish: farvetone and klang and tone  
Dutch: toon   Finnish: äänensävy and ääni  
German: Farbton and Stimmung and Ton   Hebrew: צליל  
Irish: cuma and glór and ton   Latvian: tonis  
Lithuanian: tonas   Polish: odcień and ton  
Portuguese: tom   Russian: тон  
Spanish: tono   Swedish: ton  
Vietnamese: âm sắc and sắc and tiếng  
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