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  Dictionary Definition of tone

tone
noun, verb, toned, toning.

-- noun
1. any sound considered with reference to its quality, pitch, strength, source, etc.: shrill tones.
2. quality or character of sound.
3. vocal sound; the sound made by vibrating muscular bands in the larynx.
4. a particular quality, way of sounding, modulation, or intonation of the voice as expressive of some meaning, feeling, spirit, etc.: a tone of command.
5. an accent peculiar to a person, people, locality, etc., or a characteristic mode of sounding words in speech.
6. stress of voice on a syllable of a word.
7. Phonetics a musical pitch or melody which may serve to distinguish between words composed of the same sounds, as in Chinese.
8. Music a. an interval equivalent to two semitones; a whole tone. b. any of the nine plainsong melodies or tunes, to which the psalms are sung (called Gregorian tones ). c. Chiefly US. note.
9. a variety of colour; a tint; a shade.
10. hue; that distinctive quality by which colours differ from one another in addition to their differences indicated by chroma, tint, shade; a slight modification of a given colour: green with a yellowish tone, light tone, dull tone, etc.
11. Art the prevailing effect of harmony of colour and values.
12. Physiology a. the state of tension or firmness proper to the organs or tissues of the body. b. that state of the body or of an organ in which all its animal functions are performed with healthy vigour. c. healthy sensitivity to stimulation.
13. normal healthy condition of the mind.
14. a particular state or temper of the mind; spirit, character, or tenor.
15. prevailing character or style, as of manners or morals.
16. style, distinction, or elegance.
-- verb (t)
17. to sound with a particular tone.
18. to give the proper tone to (a musical instrument).
19. to modify the tone or general colouring of.
20. to give the desired tone to (a painting, etc.).
21. Photography to change the colour of (a print), usually by chemical means.
22. to render (as specified) in tone or colouring.
23. to modify the tone or character of.
24. to give physical or mental tone to.
-- verb (i)
25. to take on a particular tone; assume colour or tint.
-- phrase
26. tone down, a. Painting to subdue; make (a colour) less intense in hue. b. to lower
Tone
noun Theobald Wolfe, 1763--98, Irish patriot; leader of the Society of United Irishmen.