tone (plural tones)
- (music) A specific pitch.
- (music) (in the diatonic scale) An interval of a major second.
- (music) (in a Gregorian chant) A recitational melody.
- The character of a sound, especially the timbre of an instrument or voice.
- General character, mood, or trend.
- Her rousing speech gave an upbeat tone to the rest of the evening.
- (linguistics) The pitch of a word that distinguishes a difference in meaning, for example in Chinese.
- (dated) A whining style of speaking; a kind of mournful or artificial strain of voice; an affected speaking with a measured rhythm and a regular rise and fall of the voice.
- Children often read with a tone.
- (literature) The manner in which speech or writing is expressed.
- Their tone was dissatisfied, almost menacing.
- (obsolete) State of mind; temper; mood.
- The strange situation I am in and the melancholy state of public affairs, […] drag the mind down […] from a philosophical tone or temper, to the drudgery of private and public business.
- The shade or quality of a colour.
- The favourable effect of a picture produced by the combination of light and shade, or of colours.
- This picture has tone.
- The definition and firmness of a muscle or organ; see also: tonus.
- (biology) The state of a living body or of any of its organs or parts in which the functions are healthy and performed with due vigor.
- (biology) Normal tension or responsiveness to stimuli.
- (AAVE, slang) a gun
- (an interval of a major second) whole tone
- German: Ton
- Russian: то́нус
tone (tones, present participle toning; past and past participle toned)
- (transitive) to give a particular tone to
- (transitive) to change the colour of
- (transitive) to make (something) firmer
- (intransitive) to harmonize, especially in colour
- (transitive) to utter with an affected tone.
- (give a particular tone to)
- (change the colour of) color/colour, dye, paint, tint
- (make firmer) firm, firm up, tone up
- (harmonize) harmonise/harmonize
- (utter with an affected tone)
- Russian: гармони́ровать
- (now dialectal) the one (of two)
- (America) IPA: /ˈtoʊn/