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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

Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves.
Leonardo da Vinci

Over the holidays, and even during filming, I realized that I actually like my body, even if it's not perfect according to the book. I just feel sexy. For the first time, I don't want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up. My body is comfortable, and it's not unhealthy, so I'm going to rock with it.
Rihanna

Growing up in Georgia, my dad was a farmer and we worked in agriculture, so we were always looking up at the sky, checking if rain was in the forecast. That always set the tone for the mood in my household, whether we had rain coming in or not - we knew the crops would be good and it was going to be a good week around the Bryan household.
Luke Bryan

Culture is very important to the Mavs. Your best player has to be a fit for what you want the culture of the team to be. He has to be someone who leads by example. Someone who sets the tone in the locker room and on the court. It isn't about who talks the most or the loudest. It is about the demeanor and attitude he brings.
Mark Cuban

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
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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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