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Definition of Tone

Tone

  1. Quality, with respect to attendant feeling; the more or less variable complex of emotion accompanying and characterizing a sensation or a conceptual state; as, feeling tone; color tone.
  2. Color quality proper; -- called also hue. Also, a gradation of color, either a hue, or a tint or shade.
  3. The condition of normal balance of a healthy plant in its relations to light, heat, and moisture.
  4. Sound, or the character of a sound, or a sound considered as of this or that character; as, a low, high, loud, grave, acute, sweet, or harsh tone.
  5. Accent, or inflection or modulation of the voice, as adapted to express emotion or passion.
  6. A whining style of speaking; a kind of mournful or artificial strain of voice; an affected speaking with a measured rhythm ahd a regular rise and fall of the voice; as, children often read with a tone.
  7. A sound considered as to pitch; as, the seven tones of the octave; she has good high tones.
  8. The larger kind of interval between contiguous sounds in the diatonic scale, the smaller being called a semitone as, a whole tone too flat; raise it a tone.
  9. The peculiar quality of sound in any voice or instrument; as, a rich tone, a reedy tone.
  10. A mode or tune or plain chant; as, the Gregorian tones.
  11. That state of a body, or of any of its organs or parts, in which the animal functions are healthy and performed with due vigor.
  12. Tonicity; as, arterial tone.
  13. State of mind; temper; mood.
  14. Tenor; character; spirit; drift; as, the tone of his remarks was commendatory.
  15. General or prevailing character or style, as of morals, manners, or sentiment, in reference to a scale of high and low; as, a low tone of morals; a tone of elevated sentiment; a courtly tone of manners.
  16. The general effect of a picture produced by the combination of light and shade, together with color in the case of a painting; -- commonly used in a favorable sense; as, this picture has tone.
  17. To utter with an affected tone.
  18. To give tone, or a particular tone, to; to tune. See Tune, v. t.
  19. To bring, as a print, to a certain required shade of color, as by chemical treatment.

Tone Quotations

We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
Friedrich Nietzsche

One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
Friedrich Nietzsche

If you don't set the tone for the day, the devil will set it for you.
Joel Osteen

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.'
Lewis Carroll

Actually, I think the average voice is like 70 percent tone and 30 percent noise. My voice is 95 percent noise.
Harvey Fierstein
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Tone Translations

tone in Afrikaans is toon
tone in Dutch is toon, intonatie
tone in German is Ton, Klang
tone in Italian is suono
tone in Portuguese is tom

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