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tone

 (tōn)
n.
1. Music
a. A sound of distinct pitch, quality, and duration; a note.
b. The interval of a major second in the diatonic scale; a whole step.
c. A recitational melody in a Gregorian chant.
2.
a. The quality or character of sound.
b. The characteristic quality or timbre of a particular instrument or voice.
3.
a. The pitch of a word used to determine its meaning or to distinguish differences in meaning.
b. The particular or relative pitch of a word, phrase, or sentence.
4. Manner of expression in speech or writing: took an angry tone with the reporters.
5. A general quality, effect, or atmosphere: a room with an elegant tone.
6.
a. A color or shade of color: light tones of blue.
b. Quality of color: The green wallpaper had a particularly somber tone.
7. The general effect in painting of light, color, and shade.
8. Physiology
a. The normal state of elastic tension or partial contraction in resting muscles.
b. Normal firmness of a tissue or an organ.
v. toned, ton·ing, tones
v.tr.
1. To give a particular tone or inflection to.
2. To soften or change the color of (a painting or photographic negative, for example).
3. To sound monotonously; intone.
4. To make firmer or stronger. Often used with up: exercises that tone up the body.
v.intr.
1. To assume a particular color quality.
2. To harmonize in color.
Phrasal Verb:
tone down
To make less vivid, harsh, or violent; moderate.

[Middle English ton, from Old French, from Latin tonus, from Greek tonos, string, a stretching; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

tone

(təʊn)
n
1. sound with reference to quality, pitch, or volume
2. (Music, other) short for tone colour
3. (Music, other) US and Canadian another word for note10
4. (General Physics) (in acoustic analysis) a sound resulting from periodic or regular vibrations, composed either of a simple sinusoidal waveform (pure tone) or of several such waveforms superimposed upon one main one (compound tone)
5. (Classical Music) an interval of a major second; whole tone
6. (Music, other) Also called: Gregorian tone any of several plainsong melodies or other chants used in the singing of psalms
7. (Linguistics) linguistics any of the pitch levels or pitch contours at which a syllable may be pronounced, such as high tone, falling tone, etc
8. the quality or character of a sound: a nervous tone of voice.
9. general aspect, quality, or style: I didn't like the tone of his speech.
10. high quality or style: to lower the tone of a place.
11. (Colours) the quality of a given colour, as modified by mixture with white or black; shade; tint: a tone of red.
12. (Physiology) physiol
a. the normal tension of a muscle at rest
b. the natural firmness of the tissues and normal functioning of bodily organs in health
13. (Art Terms) the overall effect of the colour values and gradations of light and dark in a picture
14. (Photography) photog a colour or shade of colour, including black or grey, of a particular area on a negative or positive that can be distinguished from surrounding lighter or darker areas
vb
15. (often foll by: with) to be of a matching or similar tone (to): the curtains tone with the carpet.
16. (tr) to give a tone to or correct the tone of
17. (Photography) photog (tr) to soften or change the colour of the tones of (a photographic image) by chemical means
18. (Physiology) (tr) to give greater firmness or strength to (the body or a part of the body)
19. an archaic word for intone
[C14: from Latin tonus, from Greek tonos tension, tone, from teinein to stretch]

Tone

(təʊn)
n
(Biography) (Theobald) Wolfe. 1763–98, Irish nationalist, who founded (1791) the Society of United Irishmen and led (1798) French military forces to Ireland. He was captured and sentenced to death but committed suicide

tone

(toʊn)

n., v. toned, ton•ing. n.
1. any sound considered with reference to its quality, pitch, strength, source, etc.: shrill tones.
2. quality or character of sound.
3. vocal sound; the sound made by vibrating muscular bands in the larynx.
4. a particular quality, way of sounding, modulation, or intonation of the voice.
5. an accent peculiar to a person, people, locality, etc., or a characteristic mode of sounding words in speech.
6. a pitch or movement in pitch serving to distinguish two words otherwise composed of the same sounds, as in Chinese.
7. the pitch, relative pitch, or change in pitch of a syllable, word, phrase, etc.
8.
a. a musical sound of definite pitch, consisting of several partial tones, the lowest being the fundamental and the others the harmonics or overtones.
9. a quality of color with reference to the degree of absorption or reflection of light; a tint or shade; value.
10. a slight modification of a given color; hue.
11. the prevailing effect of harmony of color and values.
12.
a. the normal state of tension or responsiveness of the organs or tissues of the body.
b. that state of the body or of an organ in which all its functions are performed with healthy vigor.
13.
a. a normal healthy mental condition.
b. a particular mental state or disposition.
14. a particular style or manner, as of writing or speech; mood.
15. prevailing character or style, as of manners, morals, or philosophical outlook: the liberal tone of the 1960s.
16. style, distinction, or elegance.
v.t.
17. to sound with a particular tone.
18. to give the proper tone to (a musical instrument).
19. to modify the tone or general coloring of.
20. to give the desired tone to (a painting, drawing, etc.).
21. to render as specified in tone or coloring.
22. to modify the tone or character of.
23. to give or restore physical or mental tone to.
v.i.
24. to take on a particular tone; assume color or tint.
25. tone down,
a. to become or cause to become softened or moderated.
b. to make (a painted color) less intense in hue; subdue.
26. tone up,
a. to give a higher or stronger tone to.
b. to gain or cause to gain in tone or strength.
[1275–1325; Middle English (n.) < Latin tonus < Greek tónos cord, band, pitch, tone, derivative of teínein to stretch]
tone′less, adj.

tone

- A color variation with more variations than a shade—having to do with the value (brightness) of a hue (position in the spectrum) or its chroma (saturation or purity).
See also related terms for hue.

tone

Each distinguishable shade variation from black to white on imagery.

tone


Past participle: toned
Gerund: toning

Imperative
tone
tone
Present
I tone
you tone
he/she/it tones
we tone
you tone
they tone
Preterite
I toned
you toned
he/she/it toned
we toned
you toned
they toned
Present Continuous
I am toning
you are toning
he/she/it is toning
we are toning
you are toning
they are toning
Present Perfect
I have toned
you have toned
he/she/it has toned
we have toned
you have toned
they have toned
Past Continuous
I was toning
you were toning
he/she/it was toning
we were toning
you were toning
they were toning
Past Perfect
I had toned
you had toned
he/she/it had toned
we had toned
you had toned
they had toned
Future
I will tone
you will tone
he/she/it will tone
we will tone
you will tone
they will tone
Future Perfect
I will have toned
you will have toned
he/she/it will have toned
we will have toned
you will have toned
they will have toned
Future Continuous
I will be toning
you will be toning
he/she/it will be toning
we will be toning
you will be toning
they will be toning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been toning
you have been toning
he/she/it has been toning
we have been toning
you have been toning
they have been toning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been toning
you will have been toning
he/she/it will have been toning
we will have been toning
you will have been toning
they will have been toning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been toning
you had been toning
he/she/it had been toning
we had been toning
you had been toning
they had been toning
Conditional
I would tone
you would tone
he/she/it would tone
we would tone
you would tone
they would tone
Past Conditional
I would have toned
you would have toned
he/she/it would have toned
we would have toned
you would have toned
they would have toned

tone

The quality or value of color, e.g. warm or cold tones.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tone - the quality of a person's voicetone - the quality of a person's voice; "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
manner of speaking, delivery, speech - your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"
note - a tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling; "there was a note of uncertainty in his voice"
roundness, rotundity - the fullness of a tone of voice; "there is a musky roundness to his wordiness"
undertone - a quiet or hushed tone of voice; "spoke in undertones"
2.tone - (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languagestone - (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages; "the Beijing dialect uses four tones"
pitch - the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
linguistics - the scientific study of language
3.tone - (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)tone - (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
sound property - an attribute of sound
harmonic - any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental
resonance - the quality imparted to voiced speech sounds by the action of the resonating chambers of the throat and mouth and nasal cavities
coloration, colouration, color, colour - the timbre of a musical sound; "the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"
nasality - a quality of the voice that is produced by nasal resonators
plangency, reverberance, sonority, sonorousness, vibrancy, ringing, resonance - having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant
stridence, stridency, shrillness - having the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound
register - (music) the timbre that is characteristic of a certain range and manner of production of the human voice or of different pipe organ stops or of different musical instruments
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
4.tone - the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on peopletone - the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"
ambiance, ambience, atmosphere - a particular environment or surrounding influence; "there was an atmosphere of excitement"
Hollywood - a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry; "some people in publishing think of theirs as a glamorous medium so they copy the glitter of Hollywood"
Zeitgeist - the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation
5.tone - a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another colortone - a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color; "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
color, coloring, colouring, colour - a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect; "a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"
mellowness - a soft shade of a color; "a mellowness of light and shade not attainable in marble"
richness - a strong deep vividness of hue; "the fire-light gave a richness of coloring to that side of the room"
tinge, undertone - a pale or subdued color
6.tone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical soundtone - a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
musical scale, scale - (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
keynote, tonic - (music) the first note of a diatonic scale
supertonic - (music) the second note of a diatonic scale
mediant - (music) the third note of a diatonic scale; midway between the tonic and the dominant
subdominant - (music) the fourth note of the diatonic scale
dominant - (music) the fifth note of the diatonic scale
submediant - (music) the sixth note of a major or minor scale (or the third below the tonic)
leading tone, subtonic - (music) the seventh note of the diatonic scale
pedal, pedal point - a sustained bass note
trill, shake - a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it
middle C - the note designated by the first ledger line below the treble staff; 261.63 hertz
chord - a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together
passing note, passing tone - a nonharmonic note inserted for transition between harmonic notes
semibreve, whole note - a musical note having the longest time value (equal to four beats in common time)
half note, minim - a musical note having the time value of half a whole note
quarter note, crotchet - a musical note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note
eighth note, quaver - a musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note
semiquaver, sixteenth note - a musical note having the time value of a sixteenth of a whole note
demisemiquaver, thirty-second note - a musical note having the time value of a thirty-second of a whole note
hemidemisemiquaver, sixty-fourth note - a musical note having the time value of a sixty-fourth of a whole note
acciaccatura, appoggiatura, grace note - an embellishing note usually written in smaller size
blue note - a flattened third or seventh
monotone - a single tone repeated with different words or different rhythms (especially in rendering liturgical texts)
7.tone - a steady sound without overtones; "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
auditory sensation, sound - the subjective sensation of hearing something; "he strained to hear the faint sounds"
harmonic - a tone that is a component of a complex sound
8.tone - the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimulitone - the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my tonicity"
muscular tissue, muscle - animal tissue consisting predominantly of contractile cells
tautness, tenseness, tensity, tension - the physical condition of being stretched or strained; "it places great tension on the leg muscles"; "he could feel the tenseness of her body"
catatonia - extreme tonus; muscular rigidity; a common symptom in catatonic schizophrenia
muscle tone, muscular tonus - normal tonicity of the muscles; "exercise improves muscle tone"
myotonia - abnormally long muscular contractions; slow relaxation of a muscle after a contraction
hypertonia, hypertonus, hypertonicity - (of muscular tissue) the state of being hypertonic
hypotonia, hypotonus, hypotonicity - (of muscular tissue) the state of being hypotonic
9.tone - a musical interval of two semitones
musical interval, interval - the difference in pitch between two notes
10.tone - the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author; "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"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
Verb1.tone - utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
2.tone - vary the pitch of one's speech
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
3.tone - change the color or tone of; "tone a negative"
discolour, discolor, color, colour - change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"
4.tone - change to a color image; "tone a photographic image"
color, color in, colorise, colorize, colour in, colourise, colourize, colour - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
5.tone - give a healthy elasticity totone - give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles"
exercise, work out - do physical exercise; "She works out in the gym every day"

tone

noun
2. volume, timbre, tonality the clear tone of the bell
3. character, style, approach, feel, air, effect, note, quality, spirit, attitude, aspect, frame, manner, mood, drift, grain, temper, vein, tenor The tone of the letter was very friendly.
4. colour, cast, shade, tint, tinge, hue Each brick also varies slightly in tone.
5. note, beep a dialling tone
verb
1. harmonize, match, blend, suit, go well with Her sister toned with her in a turquoise print dress.
tone something down
1. moderate, temper, soften, restrain, subdue, play down, dampen, mitigate, modulate, soft-pedal (informal) He toned down his militant statement after the meeting.
2. reduce, moderate, soften, lessen He was asked to tone down the spices and garlic in his recipes.
tone something up get into condition, trim, shape up, freshen, tune up, sharpen up, limber up, invigorate, get in shape Regular exercise will tone up your stomach muscles.

tone

noun
1. A sound of distinct pitch and quality:
2. A particular vocal quality that indicates some emotion or feeling:
Idiom: tone of voice.
3. A distinctive way of expressing oneself:
4. A general impression produced by a predominant quality or characteristic:
5. A prevailing quality, as of thought, behavior, or attitude:
6. The property by which the sense of vision can distinguish between objects, as a red apple and a green apple, that are very similar or identical in form and size:
7. A shade of a color, especially a pale or delicate variation:
phrasal verb
tone down
1. To make less emphatic or obvious:
Informal: soft-pedal.
2. To make or become less severe or extreme:
Translations
دَرَجَة اللوْنصَلابَهطَبقَة الصَّوْتنَغْمَه، طَنينيَنْسَجِم مَع
ladittóntonuszvuk
toneharmonereheltoneklangnuance
äänensävyääninuottitooni
színben összeilliktónus
fara viîgott líkamlegt ástandheiltónnlitbrigîi, tónntónn
stangrumastonalus
harmonētiederētiesnokrāsapieskaņotiestonis
tonus
tonzvočni signal
tontona
aralıkbeden sağlığıgüçrengi uygun düşmekton
âm sắcgiọngnốtsắctiếng

tone

[təʊn]
A. N
1. (Mus) → tono m
2. [of voice] → tono m
in an angry toneen tono de enojo
in low tonesen tono bajo
they were whispering in low tonescuchicheaban
tone of voicetono m de voz
to praise sb in ringing tonesponer a algn por las nubes
3. (Telec) → señal f
dialling toneseñal f para marcar
please speak after the tone (Telec) → por favor, hable después de oír la señal
4. (= shade of colour) → tono m, matiz m
two-tone colour schemecombinación f de dos tonalidades
5. (= tendency) → tono m, nota f; [of speech, article] → tono m, cariz m
the tone of the market (Fin) → la nota dominante del mercado, el tono del mercado
6. (= character, dignity) → buen tono m, elegancia f
the place has toneel sitio tiene buen tono, es un sitio elegante
the clientèle gives the restaurant tonela clientela da distinción al restaurante
to raise/lower the tone of sthlevantar/bajar el nivel de algo
7. [of muscles etc] muscle tonetono m muscular
B. VI (Brit) (also tone in) [colours] → armonizar, combinar
C. VT
1. (Mus) → entonar
2. (Phot) → virar
3. [+ body, muscles] (also tone up) → tonificar, fortalecer
D. CPD tone colour, tone color (US) N (Mus) → timbre m
tone control Ncontrol m de tonalidad
tone language Nlengua f tonal
tone poem Npoema m sinfónico
tone down VT + ADV (= moderate) [+ colour] → atenuar, suavizar; [+ noise] → reducir, disminuir (fig) [+ language, criticism etc] → moderar
tone up VT + ADV [+ muscles] → tonificar, fortalecer

tone

[ˈtəʊn]
n
(= quality of sound) → son m
the clear tone of the bell → le son clair de la cloche
in low tones → à voix basse
[voice] → ton m
I didn't like his tone of voice → Je n'ai pas aimé le ton de sa voix.
(= mood) [letter, speech] → ton m
The tone of the letter was very friendly → Le ton de la lettre était très amical.
(= shade) [colour] → ton m
You need a blue that's slightly deeper in tone → Il vous faudrait un bleu d'un ton légèrement plus profond.
The room was painted in tones of pink
BUT La pièce était peinte en camaïeu rose.
(on phone line)tonalité f; (on answering machine)bip m sonore
Please leave your message after the tone → Laissez votre message après le bip sonore.
the dialling tone → la tonalité
the engaged tone → la tonalité occupé, la tonalité occupée
to lower the tone of sth → déparer qch
vi
(= go well) → s'harmoniser
to tone with sth → s'harmoniser à qch
vt [+ muscles, arms, legs] → tonifier
This exercise tones the inner thighs → Cet exercice tonifie l'intérieur des cuisses.
tone down
vt
(= make less strong) [+ colour, flavour, sound] → adoucir
(= make less forceful) [+ criticism, speech] → modérer, modérer le ton de; [+ article] → modérer le ton de
tone up
vt [+ muscles] → tonifiertone-deaf [ˌtəʊnˈdɛf] adj
to be tone-deaf → ne pas avoir d'oreille

tone

n
(of sound, = tone of voice, Phon) → Ton m; (= quality of sound)Klang m; the soft tones of a flutedie sanften Töne einer Flöte; the soft tones of her voiceder sanfte Klang ihrer Stimme; … he said in a friendly tonesagte er in freundlichem Ton; I don’t like your tone (of voice)mir gefällt dein Ton nicht; don’t speak to me in that tone (of voice)in diesem Ton kannst du mit mir nicht reden
(of colour)(Farb)ton m
(fig: = mood, character) → Ton m; what was the tone of his letter?wie war denn der Ton seines Briefes?; the new people have lowered/raised the tone of the neighbourhooddie neuen Leute haben dem Ansehen or Ruf des Viertels geschadet/das Ansehen or den Ruf des Viertels verbessert; of course, Trevor had to lower the tone (of the conversation)Trevor musste natürlich ausfallend werden
(Mus) → Ton m; (US: = note) → Note f
(Physiol) → Tonus m (spec)
vt
(Phot, = tint) → einfärben, tonen (spec)
body, musclesin Form bringen
vi (colours)(im Farbton) harmonieren

tone

:
tone arm
nTonarm m
tone colour, (US) tone color
n (Mus) → Klangfarbe f
tone control
nKlangfarbeneinstellung f, → Tonblende f

tone

:
tone-deaf
adjnicht in der Lage, Tonhöhen zu unterscheiden; he’s toneer hat kein Gehör für Tonhöhen
tone language
nTonsprache f, → Tonhöhensprache f

tone

[təʊn]
1. n (gen) → tono; (of colour) → tonalità f inv; (of musical instrument) → timbro
dialling (Brit) or dial (Am) tone (Telec) → segnale m di libero
to praise sb in ringing tones (fig) → portare qn alle stelle
they were speaking in low tones → parlavano a voce bassa
two tones of red → due tonalità di rosso
to raise/lower the tone of sth → migliorare/abbassare il tono di qc
2. vi (also tone in) (colours) → intonarsi
tone down vt + adv (moderate, colour, sound) → attenuare (fig) (language, criticism) → moderare
tone up vt + adv (muscles) → tonificare

tone

(təun) noun
1. (the quality of) a sound, especially a voice. He spoke in a low/angry/gentle tone; He told me about it in tones of disapproval; That singer/violin/piano has very good tone.
2. a shade of colour. various tones of green.
3. firmness of body or muscle. Your muscles lack tone – you need exercise.
4. in music, one of the larger intervals in an octave eg between C and D.
verb
to fit in well; to blend. The brown sofa tones (in) well with the walls.
ˈtonal adjective
of musical tones.
ˈtoneless adjective
without tone; with no variation in sound etc. She spoke in a toneless voice.
ˈtonelessly adverb
tone down
to make or become softer, less harsh etc. He toned down some of his criticisms.

tone

n. tono.
1. grado normal de vigor y tensión en el funcionamiento de los órganos y músculos de un cuerpo sano;
muscular ______ muscular
2. cualidad definida de un sonido o voz.

tone

n tono; muscle — tono muscular; vt (one's muscles) tonificar (los músculos)
References in classic literature ?
Nobody spoke for a minute; then Meg said in an altered tone, "You know the reason Mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas was because it is going to be a hard winter for everyone; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army.
We'll do our best to win, and any one is at liberty to travel on the same steamer we are to take," added the young inventor, and his tone became more incisive.
Then in a very different tone she said, as if to herself, `My, how you do look like your father
He never assumed this seriocomic tone when alone with Mrs.
Be that as it might, the hens were now scarcely larger than pigeons, and had a queer, rusty, withered aspect, and a gouty kind of movement, and a sleepy and melancholy tone throughout all the variations of their clucking and cackling.
The doomed in his drifting shallop, Is tranced with the sad sweet tone, He sees not the yawning breakers, He sees but the maid alone:
They would sometimes sing the most pathetic senti- ment in the most rapturous tone, and the most rap- turous sentiment in the most pathetic tone.
said Alice in a tone of delight, which changed into alarm in another moment, when she found that her shoulders were nowhere to be found: all she could see, when she looked down, was an immense length of neck, which seemed to rise like a stalk out of a sea of green leaves that lay far below her.
The Chinese also make use of two kinds of tone in their poetry, the Ping or even, and the Tsze or oblique.
But at the first word the young woman started, and exclaimed in a sharp, bantering tone.
I suppose it was something of a compliment for a young fellow to be trusted, apparently without any supervision, by such a commander as Captain S-; though, as far as I can remember, neither the tone, nor the manner, nor yet the drift of Captain S-'s remarks addressed to myself did ever, by the most strained interpretation, imply a favourable opinion of my abilities.
Pelet, when he entered to breakfast, with an unchanged and tranquil countenance; even a cordial offering of the hand and the flattering appellation of "mon fils," pronounced in that caressing tone with which Monsieur had, of late days especially, been accustomed to address me, did not elicit any external sign of the feeling which, though subdued, still glowed at my heart.