What does tonic mean?

Definitions for tonic
ˈtɒn ɪkton·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tonic, tonic water, quinine waternoun

    lime- or lemon-flavored carbonated water containing quinine

  2. pop, soda, soda pop, soda water, tonicnoun

    a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring

    "in New England they call sodas tonics"

  3. tonic, keynotenoun

    (music) the first note of a diatonic scale

  4. tonic, restorativeadjective

    a medicine that strengthens and invigorates

  5. tonicadjective

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

    "a tonic reflex"; "tonic muscle contraction"

  6. tonic, tonaladjective

    employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words

    "Chinese is a tonal language"

  7. tonic, accentedadjective

    used of syllables

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

  8. tonicadjective

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

    "tonic harmony"

  9. bracing, brisk, fresh, refreshing, refreshful, tonicadjective

    imparting vitality and energy

    "the bracing mountain air"


  1. tonicnoun

    The first note of a scale.

  2. tonicnoun

    The triad built on the tonic note.

  3. tonicadjective

    Pertaining to the keynote of a composition.

  4. tonicadjective

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

  5. Etymology: 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. Tonicadjective

    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. Tonicadjective

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

  3. Tonicadjective

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

  4. Tonicnoun

    a tonic element or letter; a vowel or a diphthong

  5. Tonicnoun

    the key tone, or first tone of any scale

  6. Tonicnoun

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tonic

    ton′ik, adj. relating to tones or sounds: (med.) giving tone and vigour to the system: giving or increasing strength.—n. a medicine which gives tone and vigour to the system.—n. Tonic′ity, the healthy state of muscular fibres when at rest.—Tonic spasm (see Spasm).

Rap Dictionary

  1. tonicnoun

    A type of carbonated water that you usually drink with alcohol. For example gin and tonic or vodka tonic. "It's just like gin and tonic when it's time to get erotic" -- E-40 with B-Legit (Carlos Rossi)

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TONIC

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Tonic is ranked #129825 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Tonic surname appeared 131 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Tonic.

    77.8% or 102 total occurrences were Black.
    14.5% or 19 total occurrences were White.
    5.3% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tonic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tonic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of tonic in a Sentence

  1. Angela Kelly:

    I was thinking, ‘Goodness me, I need a gin and tonic.’ So while the queen was under the dryer I said to her, ‘I’m off for a stiff drink because this is so stressful, getting it just right for you.'.

  2. Thomas Plante:

    Forgiveness is a powerful tonic for bitterness, anger and upset, practice it regularly, not often easy to do I admit, but you can get better at it, and you will feel less stressed.

  3. Charlie Chaplin:

    Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.

  4. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette:

    There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.

  5. Orison Swett Marden:

    If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place.

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