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Definition of tone:

  1. A mode or tune or plain chant; as, the Gregorian tones.
  2. A sound considered as to pitch; as, the seven tones of the octave; she has good high tones.
  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. Accent, or inflection or modulation of the voice, as adapted to express emotion or passion.
  5. Color quality proper; - called also hue. Also, a gradation of color, either a hue, or a tint or shade.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. State of mind; temper; mood.
  10. Tenor; character; spirit; drift; as, the tone of his remarks was commendatory.
  11. 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.
  12. The condition of normal balance of a healthy plant in its relations to light, heat, and moisture.
  13. 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.
  14. The larger kind of interval between contiguous sounds in the diatonic scale, the smaller being called a semitone as, a whole tone too flat; raise it a tone.
  15. The peculiar quality of sound in any voice or instrument; as, a rich tone, a reedy tone.
  16. To bring, as a print, to a certain required shade of color, as by chemical treatment.
  17. To give tone, or a particular tone, to; to tune. See Tune, v. t.
  18. To utter with an affected tone.
  19. Tonicity; as, arterial tone.


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