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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 down

vb
(adverb) to moderate or become moderated in tone: to tone down an argument; to tone down a bright colour.

tone down

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.tone down - deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrappingtone down - deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
soften - make (images or sounds) soft or softer
2.tone down - make less strong or intense; soften; "Tone down that aggressive letter"; "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

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
يُخَفِّف النَّغَمَه
změkčitzmírnit
mildnenedtone
draga úr, milda
yumuşatmak

w>tone down

vt sep (lit, fig)abmildern; colour alsoabschwächen; criticism also, language, demandsmäßigen

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.
References in classic literature ?
But tone down the charge in your rifle and use a smaller projectile, or you'll have nothing but a bunch of feathers to show for your shot.
Prince Andrew, who had evidently wished to tone down the awkwardness of Pierre's remarks, rose and made a sign to his wife that it was time to go.
And I think, Grahame, that lately she has been trying constantly, persistently, to tone down my opinions.
I suppose one can tone down to it, but I feel a bit out of the picture at present.
And on the morrow he retraced his steps and proceeded to tone down his impressions of the great Lombard artist.
London, February 2 ( ANI ): Abbey Clancy is reportedly trying to tone down her Liverpool accent by using self-help guides in order to land some TV presenting roles.
STRICTLY champ Abbey Clancy has been using self-help guides in a bid to tone down her Liverpool accent.
TV bosses have been forced to tone down sex scenes in a Mary Queen of Scots drama.
Summary: MP Walid Jumblatt said rival political leaders needed to tone down their political rhetoric and engage in dialogue to prevent more violence from striking the country.
West is said to have even encouraged his girlfriend to tone down her make-up to be more like the fashionable royal.
Mumbai, September 28, 2011 (Frontier Star): After saying that Washington was losing patience with Pakistan for not acting on terror groups, the US is now trying to tone down its stance.
There's afterglow (yellow) to disguise dark circles and brighten skin; dewkist (green) to tone down redness; nude (light beige) to camouflage discolouration and sand (deep beige) to cover up blemishes.