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tone

noun (n)

  • the quality of a person's voice (noun.communication)
    Synonym: tone of voice
    Example:
    He began in a conversational tone.
    He spoke in a nervous tone of voice.
    source: wordnet30
  • (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    The Beijing dialect uses four tones.
    source: wordnet30
  • (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound) (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: quality, timber, timbre
    Example:
    The muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet.
    source: wordnet30
  • the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people (noun.state)
    Example:
    A clergyman improved the tone of the meeting.
    source: wordnet30
  • a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: shade, tincture, tint
    source: wordnet30
  • a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound (noun.communication)
    Synonym: musical note, note
    source: wordnet30
  • a steady sound without overtones (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: pure tone
    Example:
    They tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies.
    source: wordnet30
  • the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli (noun.state)
    Synonym: tonicity, tonus
    Antonym: amyotonia, atonia, atonicity, atony
    source: wordnet30
  • a musical interval of two semitones (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    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.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically (verb.communication)
    Synonym: chant, intone
    source: wordnet30
  • vary the pitch of one's speech (verb.communication)
    Synonym: inflect, modulate
    source: wordnet30
  • change the color or tone of (verb.change)
    Example:
    Tone a negative.
    source: wordnet30
  • change to a color image (verb.change)
    Example:
    Tone a photographic image.
    source: wordnet30
  • give a healthy elasticity to (verb.body)
    Synonym: strengthen, tone up
    Example:
    Let's tone our muscles.
    source: wordnet30
  • To utter with an affected tone. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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