Tonic Definition

tŏnĭk
tonics
noun
tonics
An agent, such as a medication, that is supposed to restore or improve health or well-being.
American Heritage Medicine
Anything that invigorates or stimulates.
Webster's New World
A liquid preparation for the scalp or hair.
American Heritage Medicine
A carbonated beverage flavored with a little quinine and served in a mixed drink with gin, vodka, etc.; quinine water.
Webster's New World
An invigorating, refreshing, or restorative agent or influence.
Laughter was a tonic for the dispirited team.
American Heritage
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adjective
Mentally or morally invigorating; stimulating.
Webster's New World
Of, producing, or tending to produce good muscular tone, or tension.
Webster's New World
Having to do with tones.
Webster's New World
Of or characterized by tone, or tonus.
Webster's New World
Of or based on the keynote.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Tonic

Noun

Singular:
tonic
Plural:
tonics

Origin of 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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 tone +"Ž -ic.

    From Wiktionary

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