Definitions for tonetoʊn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tonetoʊn(n.; v.)toned, ton•ing.

  1. (n.)any sound considered with reference to its quality, pitch, strength, source, etc.:

    shrill tones.

  2. quality or character of sound.

  3. vocal sound; the sound made by vibrating muscular bands in the larynx.

  4. a particular quality, way of sounding, modulation, or intonation of the voice.

  5. an accent peculiar to a person, people, locality, etc., or a characteristic mode of sounding words in speech.

    Category: Phonetics

  6. a pitch or movement in pitch serving to distinguish two words otherwise composed of the same sounds, as in Chinese.

    Category: Language/Linguistics, Phonetics

  7. the pitch, relative pitch, or change in pitch of a syllable, word, phrase, etc.

    Category: Phonetics, Language/Linguistics

  8. a musical sound of definite pitch, consisting of several partial tones, the lowest being the fundamental and the others the harmonics or overtones.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: whole step.

  9. a quality of color with reference to the degree of absorption or reflection of light; a tint or shade; value.

    Category: Fine Arts

  10. a slight modification of a given color; hue.

  11. the prevailing effect of harmony of color and values.

    Category: Fine Arts

  12. the normal state of tension or responsiveness of the organs or tissues of the body. that state of the body or of an organ in which all its functions are performed with healthy vigor.

    Category: Physiology

  13. a normal healthy mental condition. a particular mental state or disposition.

    Category: Psychology

  14. a particular style or manner, as of writing or speech; mood.

    Category: Literature

  15. prevailing character or style, as of manners, morals, or philosophical outlook:

    the liberal tone of the 1960s.

  16. style, distinction, or elegance.

  17. (v.t.)to sound with a particular tone.

  18. to give the proper tone to (a musical instrument).

    Category: Music and Dance

  19. to modify the tone or general coloring of.

  20. to give the desired tone to (a painting, drawing, etc.).

    Category: Fine Arts

  21. to render as specified in tone or coloring.

  22. to modify the tone or character of.

  23. to give or restore physical or mental tone to.

    Category: Physiology, Psychiatry

  24. (v.i.)to take on a particular tone; assume color or tint.

  25. tone down, to become or cause to become softened or moderated. to make (a painted color) less intense in hue; subdue.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Fine Arts

  26. tone up, to give a higher or stronger tone to. to gain or cause to gain in tone or strength.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of tone:

1275–1325; ME (n.) < L tonus < Gk tónos cord, band, pitch, tone, der. of teínein to stretch

tone′less(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tone, tone of voice(noun)

    the quality of a person's voice

    "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"

  2. tone(noun)

    (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. timbre, timber, quality, tone(noun)

    (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. spirit, tone, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell(noun)

    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"

  5. shade, tint, tincture, tone(noun)

    a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

    "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"

  6. note, musical note, tone(noun)

    a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound

    "the singer held the note too long"

  7. tone, pure tone(noun)

    a steady sound without overtones

    "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"

  8. tonicity, tonus, tone(noun)

    the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli

    "the doctor tested my tonicity"

  9. tone, whole tone, step, whole step(noun)

    a musical interval of two semitones

  10. tone(verb)

    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 gathered that I had outstayed my welcome"

  11. tone, chant, intone(verb)

    utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically

    "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"

  12. tone, inflect, modulate(verb)

    vary the pitch of one's speech

  13. tone(verb)

    change the color or tone of

    "tone a negative"

  14. tone(verb)

    change to a color image

    "tone a photographic image"

  15. tone, tone up, strengthen(verb)

    give a healthy elasticity to

    "Let's tone our muscles"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tone(noun)ʊn

    the quality of a sound

    a high-pitched tone; I could tell he was angry from the tone of his voice.

  2. toneʊn

    the atmosphere or feeling of sth

    a friendly tone

  3. toneʊn

    a sound or beep that signals sth

    Leave your message after the tone.

  4. toneʊn

    a color or shade of a color

    skin tone; decorated in muted tones

  5. toneʊn

    how firm your skin, body, etc. is

    excellent muscle tone

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tone(noun)

    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

  2. Tone(noun)

    accent, or inflection or modulation of the voice, as adapted to express emotion or passion

  3. Tone(noun)

    a whining style of speaking; a kind of mournful or artificial strain of voice; an affected speaking with a measured rhythm ahd a regular rise and fall of the voice; as, children often read with a tone

  4. Tone(noun)

    a sound considered as to pitch; as, the seven tones of the octave; she has good high tones

  5. Tone(noun)

    the larger kind of interval between contiguous sounds in the diatonic scale, the smaller being called a semitone as, a whole tone too flat; raise it a tone

  6. Tone(noun)

    the peculiar quality of sound in any voice or instrument; as, a rich tone, a reedy tone

  7. Tone(noun)

    a mode or tune or plain chant; as, the Gregorian tones

  8. Tone(noun)

    that state of a body, or of any of its organs or parts, in which the animal functions are healthy and performed with due vigor

  9. Tone(noun)

    tonicity; as, arterial tone

  10. Tone(noun)

    state of mind; temper; mood

  11. Tone(noun)

    tenor; character; spirit; drift; as, the tone of his remarks was commendatory

  12. Tone(noun)

    general or prevailing character or style, as of morals, manners, or sentiment, in reference to a scale of high and low; as, a low tone of morals; a tone of elevated sentiment; a courtly tone of manners

  13. Tone(noun)

    the general effect of a picture produced by the combination of light and shade, together with color in the case of a painting; -- commonly used in a favorable sense; as, this picture has tone

  14. Tone(verb)

    to utter with an affected tone

  15. Tone(verb)

    to give tone, or a particular tone, to; to tune. See Tune, v. t

  16. Tone(verb)

    to bring, as a print, to a certain required shade of color, as by chemical treatment

Freebase

  1. Tone

    Tone is the use of pitch in language to distinguish lexical or grammatical meaning—that is, to distinguish or inflect words. All verbal languages use pitch to express emotional and other paralinguistic information, and to convey emphasis, contrast, and other such features in what is called intonation, but not all languages use tones to distinguish words or their inflections, analogously to consonants and vowels. Such tonal phonemes are sometimes called tonemes, where each toneme is a lexically distinct variant of the same phoneme, that is phonetically distinguished from other tonemes only by the tone of the vowel. Tonal languages are extremely common in Africa, East Asia, and Central America, but rare elsewhere in Asia and in Europe; as many as seventy percent of world languages may be tonal. In many tonal African languages, such as most Bantu languages, tones are distinguished by their pitch level relative to each other, known as a register tone system. In multisyllable words, a single tone may be carried by the entire word, rather than a different tone on each syllable. Often grammatical information, such as past versus present, "I" versus "you", or positive versus negative, is conveyed solely by tone.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tone' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2413

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tone' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4435

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'tone' in Nouns Frequency: #910


Translations for tone

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tone(noun)

(the quality of) a sound, especially a voice

He spoke in a low/angry/gentle tone; He told me about it in tones of disapproval; That singer/violin/piano has very good tone.

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