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Adjective: tonic  tó-nik
  1. (physiology) of or relating to or producing normal tone or tonus in muscles or tissue
    "a tonic reflex"; "tonic muscle contraction"
     
  2. Employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words
    "Chinese is a tonic language";
    - tonal
     
  3. (phonetics) of a syllable, having the main stress
    "a tonic syllable carries the main stress in a word";
    - accented
     
  4. Relating to or being the keynote of a major or minor scale
    "tonic harmony"
     
  5. Imparting vitality and energy
    "the tonic mountain air";
    - bracing, brisk, fresh, refreshing, refreshful
Noun: tonic  tó-nik
  1. Lime- or lemon-flavoured carbonated water containing quinine
    - tonic water, quinine water
     
  2. A sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavouring
    "in New England they call sodas tonics";
    - pop, soda, soda pop [N. Amer], soda water
     
  3. (music) the first note of a diatonic scale
    - keynote
     
  4. A medicine that strengthens and invigorates
    - restorative

Derived forms: tonics

See also: invigorating, tonal

Type of: medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine, musical note, note, soft drink, tone

Antonym: atonic

Part of: gin and tonic

Encyclopedia: Tonic