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    tone - Dictionary definition and meaning for word tone

    Definition
    (noun) the quality of a person's voice
    Synonyms : tone of voice
    Example Sentence
    • he began in a conversational tone
    • he spoke in a nervous tone of voice
    Definition
    (noun) (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages
    Example Sentence
    • the Beijing dialect uses four tones
    Definition
    (noun) (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
    Synonyms : quality , timber , timbre
    Example Sentence
    • the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely
    • the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet
    Definition
    (noun) the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    Synonyms : feel , feeling , flavor , flavour , look , smell , spirit
    Example Sentence
    • the feel of the city excited him
    • a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
    • it had the smell of treason
    Definition
    (noun) a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
    Synonyms : shade , tincture , tint
    Example Sentence
    • after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted
    Definition
    (noun) a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
    Synonyms : musical note , note
    Example Sentence
    • the singer held the note too long
    Definition
    (noun) a steady sound without overtones
    Synonyms : pure tone
    Example Sentence
    • they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies
    Definition
    (noun) the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
    Synonyms : tonicity , tonus
    Example Sentence
    • the doctor tested my tonicity
    Definition
    (noun) a musical interval of two semitones
    Synonyms : step , whole step , whole tone
    Definition
    (noun) the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
    Example Sentence
    • the general tone of articles appearing in the newspapers is that the government should withdraw
    • from the tone of her behavior I gathered that I had outstayed my welcome
    Definition
    (verb) utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
    Synonyms : chant , intone
    Example Sentence
    • The students chanted the same slogan over and over again
    Definition
    (verb) vary the pitch of one's speech
    Synonyms : inflect , modulate
    Definition
    (verb) change the color or tone of
    Example Sentence
    • tone a negative
    Definition
    (verb) change to a color image
    Example Sentence
    • tone a photographic image
    Definition
    (verb) give a healthy elasticity to
    Synonyms : strengthen , tone up
    Example Sentence
    • Let's tone our muscles
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