HyperDic: tone

English > 15 senses of the word tone:
NOUNcommunicationtone, tone of voicethe quality of a person's voice
attributetone(linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages
attributetone, timbre, timber, quality(music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
statetone, spirit, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smellthe general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
attributetone, shade, tint, tincturea quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
communicationtone, note, musical notea notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
cognitiontone, pure tonea steady sound without overtones
statetone, tonicity, tonusthe elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
communicationtone, whole tone, step, whole stepa musical interval of two semitones
attributetonethe quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
VERBcommunicationtone, chant, intoneutter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
communicationtone, inflect, modulatevary the pitch of one's speech
changetonechange the color or tone of
changetonechange to a color image
bodytone, tone up, strengthengive a healthy elasticity to
tone > pronunciation
Soundstow'n
Rhymesacetone ... zone: 126 rhymes with own...
English > tone: 15 senses > noun 1, communication
MeaningThe quality of a person's voice.
Examples
  • "he began in a conversational tone"
  • "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
Synonymtone of voice
NarrowernoteA tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling
roundness, rotundityThe fullness of a tone of voice
undertoneA quiet or hushed tone of voice
Broadermanner of speaking, speech, deliveryYour characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
Spanishtono
Catalanto
Verbsintonatespeak carefully, as with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone
English > tone: 15 senses > noun 2, attribute
Meaning(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"
CategorylinguisticsThe scientific study of language
BroaderpitchThe property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
Spanishtono
Catalanto
Adjectivestonic, tonalemploying variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words
Verbsintonatespeak carefully, as with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone
tonevary the pitch of one's speech
English > tone: 15 senses > noun 3, attribute
Meaning(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"
Synonymstimbre, timber, quality
CategorymusicAn artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
Narrowercolor, colour, coloration, colourationThe timbre of a musical sound
harmonicAny of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental
nasalityA quality of the voice that is produced by nasal resonators
plangency, resonance, reverberance, ringing, sonorousness, sonority, vibrancyHaving the character of a loud deep sound
register(music) the timbre that is characteristic of a certain range and manner of production of the human voice or of different pipe organ stops or of different musical instruments
resonanceThe quality imparted to voiced speech sounds by the action of the resonating chambers of the throat and mouth and nasal cavities
shrillness, stridence, stridencyHaving the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound
Broadersound propertyAn attribute of sound
Spanishcualidad, timbre
Catalanqualitat, timbre
Adjectivestonalhaving tonality
Verbstonevary the pitch of one's speech
English > tone: 15 senses > noun 4, state
MeaningThe general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people.
Example "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"
Synonymsspirit, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell
NarrowerHollywoodA flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry
ZeitgeistThe spirit of the time
Broaderatmosphere, ambiance, ambienceA particular environment or surrounding influence
English > tone: 15 senses > noun 5, attribute
MeaningA quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color.
Synonymsshade, tint, tincture
NarrowermellownessA soft shade of a color
richnessA strong deep vividness of hue
undertone, tingeA pale or subdued color
Broadercolor, colour, coloring, colouringA visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect
Spanishcoloración, colorido, matiz, sombra, tinta, tinte, tintura, tonalidad, tono
Catalantint, tintura, to, tonalitat
Verbstonechange to a color image
tonechange the color or tone of
English > tone: 15 senses > noun 6, communication
MeaningA notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound.
Synonymsnote, musical note
Member ofscale, musical scale(music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
Narrowerblue noteA flattened third or seventh
chordA combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together
dominant(music) the fifth note of the diatonic scale
eighth note, quaverA musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note
grace note, appoggiatura, acciaccaturaAn embellishing note usually written in smaller size
half note, minimA musical note having the time value of half a whole note
mediant(music) the third note of a diatonic scale
middle CThe note designated by the first ledger line below the treble staff
monotoneA single tone repeated with different words or different rhythms (especially in rendering liturgical texts)
passing note, passing toneA nonharmonic note inserted for transition between harmonic notes
pedal point, pedalA sustained bass note
quarter note, crotchetA musical note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note
sixteenth note, semiquaverA musical note having the time value of a sixteenth of a whole note
sixty-fourth note, hemidemisemiquaverA musical note having the time value of a sixty-fourth of a whole note
subdominant(music) the fourth note of the diatonic scale
submediant(music) the sixth note of a major or minor scale (or the third below the tonic)
subtonic, leading tone(music) the seventh note of the diatonic scale
supertonic(music) the second note of a diatonic scale
thirty-second note, demisemiquaverA musical note having the time value of a thirty-second of a whole note
tonic, keynote(music) the first note of a diatonic scale
trill, shakeA note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it
whole note, semibreveA musical note having the longest time value (equal to four beats in common time)
Broadermusical notation(music) notation used by musicians / musicians
Spanishnota musical, nota, tono
Catalannota musical, nota, to
Adjectivestonicrelating to or being the keynote of a major or minor scale
English > tone: 15 senses > noun 7, cognition
MeaningA steady sound without overtones.
Example"they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
Synonympure tone
NarrowerharmonicA tone that is a component of a complex sound
Broadersound, auditory sensationThe subjective sensation of hearing something
Spanishtono
Catalanto
Adjectivestonalhaving tonality
English > tone: 15 senses > noun 8, state
MeaningThe elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli.
Synonymstonicity, tonus
Categorymuscle, muscular tissueanimal tissue consisting predominantly of contractile cells
Narrowercatatoniaextreme / extreme tonus
hypertonia, hypertonus, hypertonicity(of muscular tissue) the state of being hypertonic
hypotonia, hypotonus, hypotonicity(of muscular tissue) the state of being hypotonic
muscular tonus, muscle tonenormal tonicity of the muscles
myotoniaabnormally long muscular contractions
Broadertension, tensity, tenseness, tautnessThe physical condition of being stretched or strained
Oppositeatonicity, atony, atonia, amyotonialack of normal muscular tension or tonus
Spanishhipertónico, tonicidad, tono
Catalanto, tonicitat
Adjectivestonicof or relating to or producing normal tone or tonus in muscles or tissue
Verbstonegive a healthy elasticity to
English > tone: 15 senses > noun 9, communication
MeaningA musical interval of two semitones.
Synonymswhole tone, step, whole step
Broaderinterval, musical intervalThe difference in pitch between two notes
Spanishescala completa, escala, tono completo, tono
Catalanto
Adjectivesisotonicrelating to or characterized by the equal intervals of a musical scale
English > tone: 15 senses > noun 10, attribute
MeaningThe quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author.
Examples
  • "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"
BroaderqualityAn essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
English > tone: 15 senses > verb 1, communication
MeaningUtter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymschant, intone
Broadertalk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbaliseExpress in speech
Spanishentonar
Catalanentonar
English > tone: 15 senses > verb 2, communication
MeaningVary the pitch of one's speech.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymsinflect, modulate
Broadertalk, speak, utter, mouth, verbalize, verbaliseExpress in speech
Spanishmodular
Catalanmodular
Nounstone(music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
tone(linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages
English > tone: 15 senses > verb 3, change
Meaningchange the color or tone of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"tone a negative"
Broaderdiscolor, discolour, colour, colorchange color, often in an undesired manner
Nounstonea quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
tonera black or colored powder used in a printer to develop a xerographic image
tonera solution containing chemicals that can change the color of a photographic print
English > tone: 15 senses > verb 4, change
Meaningchange to a color image.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Example"tone a photographic image"
Broadercolor, colorize, colorise, colourise, colourize, colour, color in, colour inadd color to
Spanishcolorear
Catalanacolorir, colorar
Nounstonea quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
tonera solution containing chemicals that can change the color of a photographic print
English > tone: 15 senses > verb 5, body
MeaningGive a healthy elasticity to.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Example"Let's tone our muscles"
Synonymstone up, strengthen
Broaderexercise, work outDo physical exercise
Spanishdesentumecer, distender, estirarse, estirar, fortalecer, hacer ejercicio, tonificar
Catalandesentumir, distendre, estirar-se, estirar
Nounstonethe elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli

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