the quality of a person's voice
he began in a conversational tone|he spoke in a nervous tone of voice
Synonym: tone of voice
(linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages
the Beijing dialect uses four tones
(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
Synonym: quality, timber, timbre
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
a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted
Synonym: shade, tincture, tint
a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
the singer held the note too long
Synonym: musical note, note
a steady sound without overtones
they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies
Synonym: pure tone
the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
the doctor tested my tonicity
Synonym: tonicity, tonus
a musical interval of two semitones
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 gathered that I had outstayed my welcome
utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
The students chanted the same slogan over and over again
Synonym: chant, intone
vary the pitch of one's speech
Synonym: inflect, modulate
change the color or tone of
tone a negative
change to a color image
tone a photographic image
give a healthy elasticity to
Let's tone our muscles