tone

Definition (noun): the quality of a person’s voice

Example: he began in a conversational tone

Definition (noun): the quality of a person’s voice

Example: he spoke in a nervous tone of voice

Definition (noun): (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages

Example: the Beijing dialect uses four tones

Definition (noun): (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

Example: the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely

Definition (noun): (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

Example: the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet

Definition (noun): the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

Example: the feel of the city excited him

Definition (noun): the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

Example: a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting

Definition (noun): the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

Example: it had the smell of treason

Definition (noun): a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

Example: after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted

Definition (noun): a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound

Example: the singer held the note too long

Definition (noun): a steady sound without overtones

Example: they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies

Definition (noun): the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli

Example: the doctor tested my tonicity

Definition (noun): a musical interval of two semitones

Definition (noun): the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author

Example: the general tone of articles appearing in the newspapers is that the government should withdraw

Definition (noun): the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author

Example: from the tone of her behavior I gathered that I had outstayed my welcome

Definition (verb): utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically

Example: The students chanted the same slogan over and over again

Definition (verb): vary the pitch of one’s speech

Definition (verb): change the color or tone of

Example: tone a negative

Definition (verb): change to a color image

Example: tone a photographic image

Definition (verb): give a healthy elasticity to

Example: Let’s tone our muscles

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