Tone meaning

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The definition of a tone is a sound in terms of its quality, pitch, origin or power.

An example of tone is off-key.

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Tone means to soften or reduce, particularly in artistic terms.

An example of tone is to add white eyeshadow to black eyeshadow so that it is not so harsh.

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Tone is defined as to strengthen or firm up.

An example of tone is to lift weights every day to build muscle.

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Tone is the quality or implied meaning of something that is said.

An example of tone is sarcasm.

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Manner of expression in speech or writing.

Took an angry tone with the reporters.

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A general quality, effect, or atmosphere.

A room with an elegant tone.

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The general effect in painting of light, color, and shade.
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To give a particular tone or inflection to.
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To soften or change the color of (a painting or photographic negative, for example).
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To sound monotonously; intone.
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To make firmer or stronger. Often used with up .

Exercises that tone up the body.

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To assume a particular color quality.
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To harmonize in color.
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An intonation, pitch, modulation, etc. of the voice that expresses a particular meaning or feeling of the speaker.

A tone of contempt.

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A certain attitude on the part of a speaker or writer conveyed by way of word choice, sentence structure, etc.

The friendly tone of her letter.

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Normal resilience or elasticity.

Rubber that has lost its tone.

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The effect produced by the combination of light, shade, and color.
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To give a tone to; specif., to give the proper or desired tone to (a musical instrument, a painting, etc.)
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To change the tone of.
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Normal firmness of a tissue or an organ.
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(biology) Normal tension or responsiveness to stimuli.
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To give a particular tone to.
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To change the colour of.
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To make (something) firmer.
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(intransitive) To harmonize, especially in colour.
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To utter with an affected tone.
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(now dialectal) The one (of two).
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To change or alter the color of (a print) by chemical means.
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To assume a tone.
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The quality or character of sound.
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The normal state of elastic tension or partial contraction in resting muscles.
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To give tone or firmness to.
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(music) A specific pitch.
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(music) (in the diatonic scale) An interval of a major second.
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(music) (in a Gregorian chant) A recitational melody.
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The character of a sound, especially the timbre of an instrument or voice.
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General character, mood, or trend.

Her rousing speech gave an upbeat tone to the rest of the evening.

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(linguistics) The pitch of a word that distinguishes a difference in meaning, for example in Chinese.
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(dated) A whining style of speaking; a kind of mournful or artificial strain of voice; an affected speaking with a measured rhythm and a regular rise and fall of the voice.

Children often read with a tone.

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(literature) The manner in which speech or writing is expressed.
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The shade or quality of a colour.
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The favourable effect of a picture produced by the combination of light and shade, or of colours.

This picture has tone.

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The definition and firmness of a muscle or organ. see also: tonus.
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(biology) The state of a living body or of any of its organs or parts in which the functions are healthy and performed with due vigor.
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tone down
  • To give a lower or less intense tone to.
  • To become softened.
  • To make (something written or said) less harsh or more moderate.
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tone in with
  • To harmonize with.
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tone up
  • To give a higher or more intense tone to.
  • To become strengthened or heightened.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

tone in with

Origin of tone

  • Middle English ton from Old French from Latin tonus from Greek tonos string, a stretching ten- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English tone, ton, toon, from the incorrect division of thet one (“the/that one"). Compare Scots tane in the tane; see also tother.
    From Wiktionary
  • From French ton, from Latin tonus (“sound, tone"), from Ancient Greek τόνος (tonos, “strain, tension, pitch"), from τείνω (teinō, “I stretch")
    From Wiktionary