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Dictionary definition for: Tone

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

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

3. (n) (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages; "the Beijing dialect uses four tones"

4. (v) of one''s speech, varying the pitch

5. (n) (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"

6. (v) change the color or tone of; "tone a negative"

7. (n) the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him" "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting" "it had the smell of treason"

8. (v) change to a color image; "tone a photographic image"

9. (n) a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color; "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"

10. (v) give a healthy elasticity to; "Let''s tone our muscles"

11. (n) a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"

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

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

14. (n) a musical interval of two semitones

15. (n) 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 gathe

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