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.
An example of a tonic is a drug.
An example of tonic is a beverage often mixed with gin.
Laughter was a tonic for the dispirited team.
- Designating or based on the first tone (keynote) of a diatonic scale.A tonic chord.
- Having to do with the tone or tones of a picture.
- Designating or of sounds characterized by resonance in the head cavities; also, accented.
- A drug, medicine, or other agent for restoring or increasing body tone.
- A hair or scalp dressing.
We used to brew a tonic from a particular kind of root.
Origin of tonic
- New Latin tonicus of tension or tone from Greek tonikos capable of extension from tonos a stretching, tone tone
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Ancient Greek Ï„Î¿Î½Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (tonikos), from Ï„ÏŒÎ½Î¿Ï‚ (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.
- From tone +"Ž -ic.