- The definition of tonic is producing good muscle tone, or stimulating.
- An example of something tonic is an exercise that strengthens the arms.
- An example of something tonic is an exciting activity such as a puzzle.
- Tonic is defined as something that stimulates or excites, or a type of carbonated drink.
- An example of a tonic is a drug.
- An example of tonic is a beverage often mixed with gin.
- of, producing, or tending to produce good muscular tone, or tension
- mentally or morally invigorating; stimulating
- having to do with tones; specif.,
- Music designating or based on the first tone (keynote) of a diatonic scale: a tonic chord
- Painting having to do with the tone or tones of a picture
- Phonet., Now Rare designating or of sounds characterized by resonance in the head cavities; also, accented
- Med., Physiol. of or characterized by tone, or tonus
Origin of tonicClassical Greek tonikos ; from tonos: see tone
- anything that invigorates or stimulates; specif.,
- a drug, medicine, or other agent for restoring or increasing body tone
- a hair or scalp dressing
- a carbonated beverage flavored with a little quinine and served in a mixed drink with gin, vodka, etc.; quinine water
- Chiefly Northeast soda pop
- Music the first, or basic, tone of a diatonic scale; keynote
- Phonet., Now Rare a tonic sound or syllable
- a. An agent, such as a medication, that is supposed to restore or improve health or well-being.b. A liquid preparation for the scalp or hair.
- An invigorating, refreshing, or restorative agent or influence: Laughter was a tonic for the dispirited team.
- See tonic water.
- Boston See soft drink.
- Music The first note of a diatonic scale; the keynote.
- Linguistics A tonic accent.
- Restorative or stimulating to health or well-being.
- a. Physiology Of, relating to, or producing tone or tonicity in muscles or tissue: a tonic reflex.b. Medicine Characterized by continuous tension or contraction of muscles: a tonic convulsion or spasm.
- Music Of or based on the keynote.
- Stressed, as a syllable; accented.
Origin of tonicNew Latin tonicus, of tension or tone, from Greek tonikos, capable of extension, from tonos, a stretching, tone; see tone.
(comparative more tonic, superlative most tonic)
From Ancient Greek τονικός (tonikos), from τόνος (tonos). 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.
- tonal center