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Meaning & Definition of Tone in English

English

Tone

/toʊn/

noun

1. The quality of a person's voice

  • "He began in a conversational tone"
  • "He spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
    synonym:
  • tone
  • ,
  • tone of voice

2. (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages

  • "The beijing dialect uses four tones"
    synonym:
  • tone

3. (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"
    synonym:
  • timbre
  • ,
  • timber
  • ,
  • quality
  • ,
  • tone

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • spirit
  • ,
  • tone
  • ,
  • feel
  • ,
  • feeling
  • ,
  • flavor
  • ,
  • flavour
  • ,
  • look
  • ,
  • smell

5. A quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

  • "After several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
    synonym:
  • shade
  • ,
  • tint
  • ,
  • tincture
  • ,
  • tone

6. A notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound

  • "The singer held the note too long"
    synonym:
  • note
  • ,
  • musical note
  • ,
  • tone

7. A steady sound without overtones

  • "They tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
    synonym:
  • tone
  • ,
  • pure tone

8. The elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli

  • "The doctor tested my tonicity"
    synonym:
  • tonicity
  • ,
  • tonus
  • ,
  • tone

9. A musical interval of two semitones

    synonym:
  • tone
  • ,
  • whole tone
  • ,
  • step
  • ,
  • whole step

10. 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"
    synonym:
  • tone

verb

1. Utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically

  • "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
    synonym:
  • tone
  • ,
  • chant
  • ,
  • intone

2. Vary the pitch of one's speech

    synonym:
  • tone
  • ,
  • inflect
  • ,
  • modulate

3. Change the color or tone of

  • "Tone a negative"
    synonym:
  • tone

4. Change to a color image

  • "Tone a photographic image"
    synonym:
  • tone

5. Give a healthy elasticity to

  • "Let's tone our muscles"
    synonym:
  • tone
  • ,
  • tone up
  • ,
  • strengthen

Examples of using

At the tone, please record your message.
The piano has a good tone.