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Tone

Meanings and phrases

tone

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n.
  1. the quality of a person's voice; tone of voice
  2. (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages
  3. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); timbre; timber; quality
  4. the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; spirit; feel; feeling; flavor; flavour; look; smell
  5. a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color; shade; tint; tincture
  6. a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; note; musical note
  7. a steady sound without overtones; pure tone
  8. a musical interval of two semitones; whole tone; step; whole step
  9. the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
  10. the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; tonicity; tonus

tone

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
v.
  1. utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; chant; intone
  2. vary the pitch of one's speech; inflect; modulate
  3. change the color or tone of
  4. change to a color image
  5. give a healthy elasticity to; tone up; strengthen

chest tone

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. the lower ranges of the voice in speaking or singing; chest register; chest voice

head tone

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n.
  1. the higher ranges of the voice in speaking or singing; the vibrations of sung notes are felt in the head; head register; head voice

leading tone

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n.
  1. (music) the seventh note of the diatonic scale; subtonic

muscle tone

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n.
  1. normal tonicity of the muscles; muscular tonus
E.g.
  • This cyclic AMP decreases the smooth muscle tone.
  • There is often lack in growth and muscle tone as the child develops.
  • Often, hyperkinesia is paired with hypotonia, a decrease in muscle tone.

partial tone

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n.
  1. a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency; overtone; partial

passing tone

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. a nonharmonic note inserted for transition between harmonic notes; passing note

pure tone

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. a steady sound without overtones; tone

quarter tone

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. half of a semitone; quarter-tone

tone arm

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge; pickup; pickup arm

tone deafness

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. an inability to distinguish differences in pitch; tin ear

tone down

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
v.
  1. deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping; muffle; mute; dull; damp; dampen
  2. make less strong or intense; soften; moderate; tame
E.g.
  • Modern versions of the story often tone down the violence.
  • Hannegan also tried to get Roosevelt to tone down the Wallace letter.
  • The campaign had decided they needed to tone down their radical image.

tone ending

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone; release

tone language

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. a language in which different tones distinguish different meanings; tonal language

tone of voice

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. the quality of a person's voice; tone
E.g.
  • She is quite sissy and devilish, speaking with an evil tone of voice.
  • empathetic concern, calm appearance and gentle tone of voice) and four related to the process of intervening (e.g.
  • Remaining calm: Maintains a calm tone of voice and steady pace that is appropriate to the client's feelings and behaviour.

tone poem

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n.
  1. an orchestral composition based on literature or folk tales; symphonic poem
E.g.
  • 28, is a tone poem written in 1894–95 by Richard Strauss.
  • He composed it in 1925–26, at about the same time as he wrote his tone poem "Tapiola".
  • 40, is a tone poem for orchestra, written in 1874 by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns.

tone system

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. the system of tones used in a particular language or dialect of a tone language; tonal system

tone up

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
v.
  1. give a healthy elasticity to; tone; strengthen

whole tone

Pronunciation American British Australian Indian
n.
  1. a musical interval of two semitones; tone; step; whole step
E.g.
  • A diatonic scale can be also described as two tetrachords separated by a whole tone.
  • In classical solo playing the double bass is usually tuned a whole tone higher (F–B–E–A).

set the tone

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E.g.
  • This symposium set the tone for Warhol's reception.
  • The stories often start with a teaser to set the tone.
  • Her work in this area set the tone for the work of the Council.

skin tone

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E.g.
  • They objected particularly to the black outlines and yellowish skin tone present in the painting.
  • In addition to the eight ColorChart samples, two skin tone samples are defined (TCS09 and TCS10).
  • Due to the lack of exposure to sunlight, she also had a very light skin tone and suffered from jaundice.

high tone

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E.g.
  • "to" 'stone') with high tone unmarked.
  • Stress in European words is replaced by high tone in Saramaccan.
  • , pronounced with a high tone followed by a high tone, means 'hand'.

darker tone

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E.g.
  • Gore's lyrics also took on a darker tone and became even more pessimistic.
  • Cross-hatching uses hatching in two or more different directions to create a darker tone.
  • Overall, the films have a somewhat darker tone in their stories, unlike the manga and anime.

low tone

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E.g.
  • Finally is a fourth meaning when the high tone follows the low tone, 'place'.
  • Low tone has two variations: raising low tone (L) and non-raising low tone (^L).

different tone

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E.g.
  • But the new show has a different tone: It's warmer."
  • Chris Robinson had a slightly different tone to his take on "Amorica".
  • Pronounced with a different tone in modern Chinese, 裕 (yù) means "abundance".

serious tone

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E.g.
  • During the Season 1, the episodes maintain a serious tone.
  • News media and bloggers noted a more serious tone from previous years.
  • Swift uses the proposer's serious tone to highlight the absurdity of his proposal.
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