Definitions for tonicˈtɒn ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ton•icˈtɒn ɪk(n.)

  1. a medicine that invigorates or strengthens.

    Category: Pharmacology

  2. anything invigorating physically, mentally, or morally.

  3. Category: Cooking

    Ref: tonic water.

  4. the first degree of a musical scale; keynote.

    Category: Music and Dance

  5. Chiefly Eastern New Eng. soda pop.

    Category: Dialect

  6. a tonic syllable or accent.

    Category: Phonetics

  7. (adj.)pertaining to, maintaining, increasing, or restoring the tone or health of the body or an organ, as a medicine.

    Category: Medicine

  8. invigorating physically, mentally, or morally.

  9. pertaining to tension, as of the muscles. marked by continued muscular tension:

    a tonic spasm.

    Category: Pathology, Physiology

  10. of or pertaining to tone or accent in speech.

    Category: Phonetics

  11. pertaining to or being a tone language.

    Category: Phonetics

  12. (of a syllable) bearing the principal stress or accent, usu. accompanied by a change in pitch.

    Category: Phonetics

  13. pertaining to or based on the first tone of a musical scale:

    a tonic chord.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of tonic:

1640–50; < Gk tonikós pertaining to stretching or tones. See tone , -ic

ton′i•cal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tonic, tonic water, quinine water(noun)

    lime- or lemon-flavored carbonated water containing quinine

  2. pop, soda, soda pop, soda water, tonic(noun)

    a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring

    "in New England they call sodas tonics"

  3. tonic, keynote(noun)

    (music) the first note of a diatonic scale

  4. tonic, restorative(adj)

    a medicine that strengthens and invigorates

  5. tonic(adj)

    of or relating to or producing normal tone or tonus in muscles or tissue

    "a tonic reflex"; "tonic muscle contraction"

  6. tonic, tonal(adj)

    employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words

    "Chinese is a tonal language"

  7. tonic, accented(adj)

    used of syllables

    "a tonic syllables carries the main stress in a word"

  8. tonic(adj)

    relating to or being the keynote of a major or minor scale

    "tonic harmony"

  9. bracing, brisk, fresh, refreshing, refreshful, tonic(adj)

    imparting vitality and energy

    "the bracing mountain air"

Wiktionary

  1. tonic(Noun)

    The first note of a scale.

  2. tonic(Noun)

    The triad built on the tonic note.

  3. tonic(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the keynote of a composition.

  4. tonic(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the accent or stress in a word or in speech.

  5. Origin: From τονικός, from τόνος. 17th century writers believed health to be derived from firmly stretched muscles, thus tonic; the extension of tonic medicine appeared in the late 18th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tonic(adj)

    of or relating to tones or sounds; specifically (Phon.), applied to, or distingshing, a speech sound made with tone unmixed and undimmed by obstruction, such sounds, namely, the vowels and diphthongs, being so called by Dr. James Rush (1833) " from their forming the purest and most plastic material of intonation."

  2. Tonic(adj)

    of or pertaining to tension; increasing tension; hence, increasing strength; as, tonic power

  3. Tonic(adj)

    increasing strength, or the tone of the animal system; obviating the effects of debility, and restoring healthy functions

  4. Tonic(noun)

    a tonic element or letter; a vowel or a diphthong

  5. Tonic(noun)

    the key tone, or first tone of any scale

  6. Tonic(noun)

    a medicine that increases the strength, and gives vigor of action to the system

Freebase

  1. Tonic

    Tonic is an American rock band that has earned two Grammy nominations to date. The band was formed in 1993 by Emerson Hart and Jeff Russo. Later members have included Dan Lavery, Kevin Shepard, and Dan Rothchild. Signed to a recording contract in 1995, the band released its debut album Lemon Parade in 1996. The single "If You Could Only See" reached No. 11 on the Billboard Airplay Hot 100, and Lemon Parade itself reached platinum status. Tonic spent much of the next two years touring, adding to its reputation as a relentlessly gigging band. In addition to extensive touring Tonic produced other work, including songs for feature film soundtracks. After self-producing its 1999 album Sugar, Tonic released its third album Head on Straight in 2002. Tonic received two Grammy nominations from Head on Straight, including one for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Take Me As I Am", and one for Best Rock Album. The band then went on hiatus beginning in 2004 while its members pursued other musical endeavors. It wasn't until late 2008 Tonic became active again, embarking on a tour and releasing a greatest-hits compilation, all of which served as a prelude to their fourth studio album, 2010's Tonic. After continuing to tour on a regular basis into late 2011, Tonic announced they began writing and recording new songs in January 2012 that the band is considering releasing as either an EP or a full studio album.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tonic(noun)

(a) medicine that gives strength or energy

The doctor prescribed a (bottle of) tonic.

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