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Of or relating to tones, a tone, or tonality.

ton′al·ly adv.


1. of or relating to tone
2. (Classical Music) of, relating to, or utilizing the diatonic system; having an established key. Compare atonal
3. (Classical Music)
a. (of an answer in a fugue) not having the same melodic intervals as the subject, so as to remain in the original key
b. denoting a fugue as having such an answer. Compare real111
ˈtonally adv


(ˈtoʊn l)

pertaining to or having tonality.
[1770–80; < Medieval Latin tonālis. See tone, -al1]
ton′al•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tonal - employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar wordstonal - employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words; "Chinese is a tonal language"
2.tonal - having tonalitytonal - having tonality; i.e. tones and chords organized in relation to one tone such as a keynote or tonic
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
atonal, unkeyed - characterized by avoidance of traditional western tonality
ses perdesine/tonuna ait


[ˈtəʊnl] ADJtonal


[ˈtəʊnəl] adjtonal(e)


adjklanglich, Klang-; (Mus: = regarding form) → tonal; (Art) → farblich, Farb-; tonal variationKlangvariation f; (in colours) → Farbabstufung f; tonal effects (in music) → Klangeffekte pl; (in painting) → Farbeffekte pl; tonal musictonale Musik; tonal value (Phot) → Farbwert m


[ˈtəʊnl] adjtonale


(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.
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 ?
An hour had elapsed ere that archangel's trump had subsided into tonal nothingness.
Tyler, The Creator's creative inputs on the classic suede One Star x Golf Le Fleur silhouette include the flower contrast stitching surrounding the iconic star, embroidered bee logo on heel stay, debossed tonal Golf Le Fleur logo on the shoe's tongue, and the Golf Le Fleur art illustrated on the sock liner and printed outsole graphics.
Hearing Harmony: Toward a Tonal Theory for the Rock Era
Palette of Touches: Piano Exercises and Repertoire that Develop Colorful Tonal Qualities, Elementary and Intermediate, by Joanne Haroutounian.
Contract awarded for otorrinolaringologia procedure, audiometry tonal code quantity 361110 -50-, audiometry, tympanometry and speech code quantity 361140 -100-
Synopsis: "Joseph Riepiel's Theory of Metric and Tonal Order: Phrase and Form" offers a clear and consistent English translation of Riepel's first two volumes, which contain a substantially complete presentation of the first and most influential comprehensive compositional and analytical theory that relates to the major homophonic instrumental forms of the eighteenth century, the symphony, concerto, and sonata.
Modern building mechanical systems often produce noise with perceptible tonal components due to rotating parts such as motors, fans, impellers, etc.
El primero transito del nacionalismo a la incorporacion de disonancia y rupturas ritmicas (pensemos en sus Estudios o ultimos Cuartetos); el segundo transito de los ballets al serialismo, y de repente volvio a la musica tonal (el Octeto).
Michael Alan Hampf has written a unique series of etudes (or "drills") that focus on post-tonal harmonies, "traversing melodic lines beyond the context of more traditional tonal structures" without being "overly taxing or intimidating.
Theorists from the US, Australia, and Europe consider the methodological requirements for analyzing and assessing the structural roles of harmony and counterpoint in Renaissance and Baroque music; notation as an analytical tool in medieval, post-tonal, and non-Western music; and approaches to musical construction in tonal and post-tonal repertoires, particularly in terms of new and interdisciplinary methodologies.
Especificamente ha a necessidade de saber se falhas na resolucao temporal em segmentos de ruido mensurada pelo teste auditivo Gaps-In-Noise irao interferir na habilidade de ordenacao temporal mensurada pelos testes auditivos de reconhecimento de padrao de duracao tonal e melodico.
Tonal colours shone also in Brahms' Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, despite some imprecise orchestral ensemble.