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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.
Woolf's Ambiguities: Tonal Modernism, Narrative Strategy, Feminist Precursors.
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En la tradicion entonologica del espanol (Navarro Tomas 1944; Quilis 1993) se han reconocido diferentes pistas prosodicas que caracterizan la produccion de los enunciados aseverativos (3), a saber: i) la curva melodica comienza en un tono medio y muestra una elevacion progresiva a lo largo de la silaba tonica, que se extiende--y culmina su pico tonal--en la postonica; ii) a partir de la culminacion del primer pico tonal ocurre un descenso a lo largo del cuerpo del enunciado; iii) el descenso continua hasta el tonema--acento nuclear mas juntura del enunciado--que aporta el sentido de finalidad al enunciado.
Although some authors had initially claimed that memory for tones requires specific processes (Berz, 1995; Deutsch, 1970), tonal memory seems to be linked to musical expertise and a clear dissociation between phonological and tonal WM may be not apparent in nonmusicians (Pechmann & Mohr, 1992; Schulze & Koelsch, 2012; Schulze et al.
Hearing Harmony: Toward a Tonal Theory for the Rock Era.
The researchers study tone and pitch-accent languages in Asia, Africa, and Europe with new tonal data and analyses of Japanese and Chinese dialects.
En esa direccion, se puede anotar que en la familia linguistica Arawak hay una lengua tonal: el resigaro (Aikhenvald, 2006, p.
[1] measured the variation of the fundamental frequency of the tonal noise with the velocity, and they found that the frequency of peak noise varies stepwise or ladder-type with the flow velocity.
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.
Palette of Touches: Piano Exercises and Repertoire that Develop Colorful Tonal Qualities, Elementary and Intermediate, by Joanne Haroutounian.
La presente recension gira en torno a las capacidades del programa "Mapping Tonal Harmony" (fig.1) y su aplicacion para la educacion musical.