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tone

noun

1 tone

The quality of a person's voice:
— He began in a conversational tone.
— He spoke in a nervous tone of voice.

synonym: tone of voice.

Roget 402: sound, noise, strain; accent, twang, intonation, tone; cadence; sonorousness etc. adj.; audibility; resonance etc. ... show more

Roget 627: method, way, manner, wise, gait, form, mode, fashion, tone, guise; modus operandi, MO; procedure etc. ... show more

Roget 431: blackness, etc. adj.; darkness, etc. (want of light).. 421; swartliness, lividity, dark color, tone, color; chiaroscuro etc. ... show more

Roget 7: state, condition, category, estate, lot, ease, trim, mood, pickle, plight, temper; aspect etc. (appearance) ... show more



2 tone

linguistics A pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages.

Dutch: hele toon, timbre, noot, toon
Polish: intonacja, ton

3 tone

music The distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound):
— The muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet.

synonyms: quality, timber, timbre.

Roget 176: tendency; aptness, aptitude; proneness, proclivity, bent, turn, tone, bias, set, leaning to, predisposition, inclination, ... show more

Dutch: geluid, klankkleur, timbre, toon
Polish: tembr, timbre

4 tone

The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people:
— A clergyman improved the tone of the meeting.

synonyms: feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell, spirit.

Roget 820: affections, affect; character, qualities, disposition, nature, spirit, tone; temper, temperament; diathesis, idiosyncrasy; cast of mind, cast of soul, ... show more

Dutch: accent, gevoel, toon

5 tone

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

synonyms: shade, tincture, tint.

Roget 428: color, hue, tint, tinge, dye, complexion, shade, tincture, cast, livery, coloration, glow, flush; tone, ... show more

Dutch: kleurschakering, nuance, schakering, tint
Polish: nuta, odcień, ton

6 tone

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

synonyms: musical note, note.

Roget 413: melody, rhythm, measure; rhyme etc. (poetry) 597.    pitch, timbre, intonation, tone.    scale, gamut; ... show more

Polish: notka

7 tone

A steady sound without overtones:
— They tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies.

synonym: pure tone.

Polish: ton

8 tone

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

synonyms: tonicity, tonus.

Roget 159: strength; power etc. 157; energy etc. 171; vigor, force; main force, physical force, brute force; spring, elasticity, ... show more

Dutch: tonus
Polish: tonus mięśniowy, napięcie mięśniowe, tonus

9 tone

A musical interval of two semitones.

synonyms: step, whole step, whole tone.

Polish: cały ton

10 tone

The quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author.

verb

1 tone

Utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically.

synonyms: chant, intone.

2 tone

Vary the pitch of one's speech.

synonyms: inflect, modulate.

3 tone

Change the color or tone of.

4 tone

Change to a color image.

5 tone

Give a healthy elasticity to:
— Let's tone our muscles.

synonyms: strengthen, tone up.


Moby thesaurus: French pitch, Munsell chroma, Zeitgeist, accent, accidental, achromatism, action, actions, activity, acts, adaptability, address, affect, affectation, air, algorithm, anagnorisis, angle, apply paint, approach ... show more.

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