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See also: Tone and Töne

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Etymology 1Edit

From French ton, from Latin tonus (sound, tone), from Ancient Greek τόνος (tónos, strain, tension, pitch), from τείνω (teínō, I stretch)

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tone (plural tones)

  1. (music) A specific pitch.
  2. (music) (in the diatonic scale) An interval of a major second.
  3. (music) (in a Gregorian chant) A recitational melody.
  4. The character of a sound, especially the timbre of an instrument or voice.
  5. General character, mood, or trend.
    Her rousing speech gave an upbeat tone to the rest of the evening.
  6. (linguistics) The pitch of a word that distinguishes a difference in meaning, for example in Chinese.
  7. (dated) A whining style of speaking; a kind of mournful or artificial strain of voice; an affected speaking with a measured rhythm and a regular rise and fall of the voice.
    Children often read with a tone.
  8. (literature) The manner in which speech or writing is expressed.
    • W. C. Bryant
      Their tone was dissatisfied, almost menacing.
  9. (obsolete) State of mind; temper; mood.
    • Bolingbroke
      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.
  10. The shade or quality of a colour.
  11. The favourable effect of a picture produced by the combination of light and shade, or of colours.
    This picture has tone.
  12. The definition and firmness of a muscle or organ. see also: tonus
  13. (biology) The state of a living body or of any of its organs or parts in which the functions are healthy and performed with due vigor.
  14. (biology) Normal tension or responsiveness to stimuli.
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tone (third-person singular simple present tones, present participle toning, simple past and past participle toned)

  1. (transitive) to give a particular tone to
  2. (transitive) to change the colour of
  3. (transitive) to make (something) firmer
  4. (intransitive) to harmonize, especially in colour
  5. (transitive) To utter with an affected tone.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English tone, ton, toon, from the incorrect division of thet one (the/that one). Compare Scots tane in the tane; see also tother.

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tone

  1. (now dialectal) The one (of two).
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book X:
      So wythin the thirde day, there cam to the cité thes two brethirne: the tone hyght Sir Helyus and the other hyght Helake [...].

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  • IPA(key): /toːnə/, [ˈtˢoːnə]

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tone c (singular definite tonen, plural indefinite toner)

  1. tone
  2. note

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tone (imperative ton, infinitive at tone, present tense toner, past tense tonede, past participle har tonet)

  1. sound
  2. tone
  3. tint

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tone

  1. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of tonen

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tone

  1. vocative singular of tonus

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tone (needs class)

  1. drop