Tonic meaning

tŏnĭk
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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.

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Restorative or stimulating to health or well-being.
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Of, producing, or tending to produce good muscular tone, or tension.
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Mentally or morally invigorating; stimulating.
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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.

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An invigorating, refreshing, or restorative agent or influence.

Laughter was a tonic for the dispirited team.

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The first note of a diatonic scale; the keynote.
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A tonic accent.
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Having to do with tones.
  • 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.
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Of or characterized by tone, or tonus.
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Anything that invigorates or stimulates.
  • A drug, medicine, or other agent for restoring or increasing body tone.
  • A hair or scalp dressing.
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The first, or basic, tone of a diatonic scale; keynote.
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A tonic sound or syllable.
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Restorative or stimulating to health or well-being.
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(physics, pathology) Pertaining to tension, especially of muscles.
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The arrival of the new members had a tonic effect on the team.

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A drink intended to restore or invigorate.

We used to brew a tonic from a particular kind of root.

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Tonic water.
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(US, Northeastern US) Any of various carbonated, non-alcoholic beverages; soda pop.
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(figuratively) Something that revitalises or reinvigorates.
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(music) Pertaining to the keynote of a composition.
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Pertaining to the accent or stress in a word or in speech.
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Of or relating to tones or sounds; specifically (phonetics, dated) being or relating to a speech sound made with tone unmixed and undimmed by obstruction, i.e. a vowel or diphthong.
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(music) The first note of a scale.
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(music) The triad built on the tonic note.
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Of or based on the keynote.
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Stressed, as a syllable; accented.
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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 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

  • From tone +"Ž -ic.

    From Wiktionary