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Definition 1: a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where tone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for tone in the sense of this definition

(tone is a kind of ...) a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect

"a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"

(... is a kind of tone ) a soft shade of a color

"a mellowness of light and shade not attainable in marble"

(... is a kind of tone ) a strong deep vividness of hue

"the fire-light gave a richness of coloring to that side of the room"

(... is a kind of tone ) a pale or subdued color

Definition 2: (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound) - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where tone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely
  • the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet

Synonyms for tone in the sense of this definition

(tone is a kind of ...) an attribute of sound

(... is a kind of tone ) any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental

(... is a kind of tone ) the quality imparted to voiced speech sounds by the action of the resonating chambers of the throat and mouth and nasal cavities

(... is a kind of tone ) the timbre of a musical sound

"the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"

(... is a kind of tone ) a quality of the voice that is produced by nasal resonators

(... is a kind of tone ) having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant

(... is a kind of tone ) having the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound

(... is a kind of tone ) (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

(tone belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Definition 3: (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where tone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the Beijing dialect uses four tones

(tone is a kind of ...) the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration

(tone belongs to category ...) the scientific study of language

Definition 4: the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where tone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(tone is a kind of ...) an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

"the quality of mercy is not strained"

Definition 5: a steady sound without overtones - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where tone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies

Synonyms for tone in the sense of this definition

(tone is a kind of ...) the subjective sensation of hearing something

"he strained to hear the faint sounds"

(... is a kind of tone ) a tone that is a component of a complex sound

Definition 6: a musical interval of two semitones - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for tone in the sense of this definition

(tone is a kind of ...) the difference in pitch between two notes

Definition 7: the quality of a person's voice - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where tone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he began in a conversational tone
  • he spoke in a nervous tone of voice

Synonyms for tone in the sense of this definition

(tone is a kind of ...) your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally

"his manner of speaking was quite abrupt" "her speech was barren of southernisms" "I detected a slight accent in his speech"

(... is a kind of tone ) a tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling

"there was a note of uncertainty in his voice"

(... is a kind of tone ) the fullness of a tone of voice

"there is a musky roundness to his wordiness"

(... is a kind of tone ) a quiet or hushed tone of voice

"spoke in undertones"

Definition 8: a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where tone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the singer held the note too long

Synonyms for tone in the sense of this definition

(tone is a kind of ...) (music) notation used by musicians

(... is a kind of tone ) a nonharmonic note inserted for transition between harmonic notes

(... is a kind of tone ) a musical note having the longest time value (equal to four beats in common time)

(... is a kind of tone ) a musical note having the time value of half a whole note

(... is a kind of tone ) a musical note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note

(... is a kind of tone ) a musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note

(... is a kind of tone ) a musical note having the time value of a sixteenth of a whole note

(... is a kind of tone ) a musical note having the time value of a thirty-second of a whole note

(... is a kind of tone ) a musical note having the time value of a sixty-fourth of a whole note

(... is a kind of tone ) an embellishing note usually written in smaller size

(... is a kind of tone ) a flattened third or seventh

(... is a kind of tone ) a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together

(... is a kind of tone ) the note designated by the first ledger line below the treble staff; 261.63 hertz

(... is a kind of tone ) (music) the first note of a diatonic scale

(... is a kind of tone ) (music) the second note of a diatonic scale

(... is a kind of tone ) (music) the third note of a diatonic scale; midway between the tonic and the dominant

(... is a kind of tone ) (music) the fourth note of the diatonic scale

(... is a kind of tone ) (music) the fifth note of the diatonic scale

(... is a kind of tone ) (music) the sixth note of a major or minor scale (or the third below the tonic)

(... is a kind of tone ) (music) the seventh note of the diatonic scale

(... is a kind of tone ) a sustained bass note

(... is a kind of tone ) a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it

(... is a kind of tone ) a single tone repeated with different words or different rhythms (especially in rendering liturgical texts)

(... is a member of tone) (music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)

Definition 9: the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people - [noun denoting state]

Samples where tone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the feel of the city excited him
  • a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
  • it had the smell of treason

Synonyms for tone in the sense of this definition

(tone is a kind of ...) a particular environment or surrounding influence

"there was an atmosphere of excitement"

(... is a kind of tone ) a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry

"some people in publishing think of theirs as a glamorous medium so they copy the glitter of Hollywood"

(... is a kind of tone ) the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation

Definition 10: the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli - [noun denoting state]

Samples where tone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the doctor tested my tonicity

Synonyms for tone in the sense of this definition

(tone is a kind of ...) the physical condition of being stretched or strained

"it places great tension on the leg muscles" "he could feel the tenseness of her body"

(... is a kind of tone ) extreme tonus; muscular rigidity; a common symptom in catatonic schizophrenia

(... is a kind of tone ) normal tonicity of the muscles

"exercise improves muscle tone"

(... is a kind of tone ) abnormally long muscular contractions; slow relaxation of a muscle after a contraction

(... is a kind of tone ) (of muscular tissue) the state of being hypertonic

(... is a kind of tone ) (of muscular tissue) the state of being hypotonic

(tone belongs to category ...) animal tissue consisting predominantly of contractile cells

Definition 11: give a healthy elasticity to - [verb of body]

Samples where tone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Let's tone our muscles

Synonyms for tone in the sense of this definition

(tone is a kind of ...) do physical exercise

"She works out in the gym every day"

Definition 12: change to a color image - [verb of change]

Samples where tone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tone a photographic image

(tone is a kind of ...) add color to

"The child colored the drawings" "Fall colored the trees" "colorize black and white film"

Definition 13: change the color or tone of - [verb of change]

Samples where tone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tone a negative

(tone is a kind of ...) change color, often in an undesired manner

"The shirts discolored"

Definition 14: utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically - [verb of communication]

Samples where tone or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The students chanted the same slogan over and over again

Synonyms for tone in the sense of this definition

(tone is a kind of ...) express in speech

"She talks a lot of nonsense" "This depressed patient does not verbalize"

Definition 15: vary the pitch of one's speech - [verb of communication]

Synonyms for tone in the sense of this definition

(tone is a kind of ...) express in speech

"She talks a lot of nonsense" "This depressed patient does not verbalize"

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