Definition of TONE

noun : TONE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) the quality of a person's voice; "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous 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" ;

  • 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" ;

  • 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" ;

  • 7. (

    ) a steady sound without overtones; "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies" ;

  • 8. (

    ) the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my tonicity" ;

  • 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" ;

verb : TONE

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again" ;

  • 3. (

    ) change the color or tone of; "tone a negative" ;

  • 4. (

    ) change to a color image; "tone a photographic image" ;

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