Tone

Definition of Tone

Pronunciation: tōn
n.1.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.
Tones that with seraph hymns might blend.
- Keble.
2.(Rhet.) Accent, or inflection or modulation of the voice, as adapted to express emotion or passion.
Eager his tone, and ardent were his eyes.
- Dryden.
3.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.
4.(Mus.) A sound considered as to pitch; as, the seven tones of the octave; she has good high tones.
5.(Med.) 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.
6.(Physiol.) Tonicity; as, arterial tone.
7.State of mind; temper; mood.
The strange situation I am in and the melancholy state of public affairs, . . . drag the mind down . . . from a philosophical tone or temper, to the drudgery of private and public business.
- Bolingbroke.
Their tone was dissatisfied, almost menacing.
- W. C. Bryant.
8.Tenor; character; spirit; drift; as, the tone of his remarks was commendatory.
9.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.
10.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.
11.(Physiol.) 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.
12.Color quality proper; - called also hue. Also, a gradation of color, either a hue, or a tint or shade.
She was dressed in a soft cloth of a gray tone.
- Sir G. Parker.
13.(Plant Physiol.) The condition of normal balance of a healthy plant in its relations to light, heat, and moisture.
Tone color
(Mus.) see the Note under def. 4, above.
Tone syllable
an accented syllable.
- M. Stuart.
v. t.1.To utter with an affected tone.
[imp. & p. p. Toned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Toning.]
2.To give tone, or a particular tone, to; to tune. See Tune, v. t.
3.(Photog.) To bring, as a print, to a certain required shade of color, as by chemical treatment.
To tone down
a - To cause to give lower tone or sound; to give a lower tone to.
b - (Paint.) To modify, as color, by making it less brilliant or less crude; to modify, as a composition of color, by making it more harmonius.
Its thousand hues toned down harmoniusly.
- C. Kingsley.
The best method for the purpose in hand was to employ some one of a character and position suited to get possession of their confidence, and then use it to tone down their religious strictures.
- Palfrey.

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