|a sentence in which another sentence is embedded: In 'The man who called is waiting,' 'The man is waiting' is a matrix sentence|
|a native speaker of a language who supplies utterances and forms for one analyzing or learning the language|
|1.||sound with reference to quality, pitch, or volume|
|2.||short for tone colour|
|3.||(US), (Canadian) another word for note|
|4.||(in acoustic analysis) a sound resulting from periodic or regular vibrations, composed either of a simple sinusoidal waveform (pure tone) or of several such waveforms superimposed upon one main one (compound tone)|
|5.||an interval of a major second; whole tone|
|6.||Also called: Gregorian tone any of several plainsong melodies or other chants used in the singing of psalms|
|7.||linguistics any of the pitch levels or pitch contours at which a syllable may be pronounced, such as high tone, falling tone, etc|
|8.||the quality or character of a sound: a nervous tone of voice|
|9.||general aspect, quality, or style: I didn't like the tone of his speech|
|10.||high quality or style: to lower the tone of a place|
|11.||the quality of a given colour, as modified by mixture with white or black; shade; tint: a tone of red|
|a. the normal tension of a muscle at rest|
|b. the natural firmness of the tissues and normal functioning of bodily organs in health|
|13.||the overall effect of the colour values and gradations of light and dark in a picture|
|14.||photog a colour or shade of colour, including black or grey, of a particular area on a negative or positive that can be distinguished from surrounding lighter or darker areas|
|—vb (often foll by with)|
|15.||to be of a matching or similar tone (to): the curtains tone with the carpet|
|16.||(tr) to give a tone to or correct the tone of|
|17.||(tr) photog to soften or change the colour of the tones of (a photographic image) by chemical means|
|18.||(tr) to give greater firmness or strength to (the body or a part of the body)|
|19.||an archaic word for intone|
|[C14: from Latin tonus, from Greek tonos tension, tone, from teinein to stretch]|
The quality or character of sound.
The character of voice expressing an emotion.
The normal state of elastic tension or partial contraction in resting muscles.
Normal firmness of a tissue or an organ.
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