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

ton′al·ly adv.
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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
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(ˈtoʊn l)

pertaining to or having tonality.
[1770–80; < Medieval Latin tonālis. See tone, -al1]
ton′al•ly, adv.
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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
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ses perdesine/tonuna ait


[ˈtəʊnl] ADJtonal
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[ˈtəʊnəl] adjtonal(e)
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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
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[ˈtəʊnl] adjtonale
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(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.
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