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Noun: tone  town
  1. The quality of a person's voice
    "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice";
    - tone of voice
  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, noise or musical sound)
    "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet";
    - timbre, timber [non-standard], quality
  4. The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting";
    - spirit, feel, feeling, flavor [US], flavour [Brit, Cdn], look, smell
  5. A quality of a given colour that differs slightly from another colour
    "after several trials he mixed the tone of pink that she wanted";
    - shade, tint, tincture
  6. A notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
    - note, musical note
  7. A steady sound without overtones
    "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies";
    - pure tone
  8. The elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
    "the doctor tested my tone";
    - tonicity, tonus
  9. A musical interval of two semitones
    - whole tone, step, whole step
  10. 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 behaviour I gathered that I had outstayed my welcome"
Verb: tone  town
  1. Utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
    "The students toned the same slogan over and over again";
    - chant, intone
  2. Vary the pitch of one's speech
    - inflect, modulate
  3. Change the colour or tone of
    "tone a negative"
  4. Change to a colour image
    "tone a photographic image"
  5. Give a healthy elasticity to
    "Let's tone our muscles";
    - tone up, strengthen

Derived forms: tones, toning, toned

Type of: ambiance, ambience, atmosphere, auditory sensation, color [US], color in [US], coloring [US], colorise [Brit], colorize [US], colour [Brit, Cdn], colour in [Brit, Cdn], colouring [Brit, Cdn], colourise [Brit], colourize [Brit, Cdn], delivery, discolor [US], discolour [Brit, Cdn], exercise, interval, manner of speaking, mouth, musical interval, musical notation, pitch, quality, sound, sound property, speak, speech, talk, tautness, tenseness, tension, tensity, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize, work out

Part of: musical scale, scale

Encyclopedia: Tone, Ibaraki