t.w. tone

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tone (təʊn)
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
12.  physiol
 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]

Tone (təʊn)
(Theobald) Wolfe. 1763--98, Irish nationalist, who founded (1791) the Society of United Irishmen and led (1798) French military forces to Ireland. He was captured and sentenced to death but committed suicide

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Word Origin & History

1340, from O.Fr. ton (13c.), from L. tonus "a sound, tone, accent," lit. "stretching" (in M.L., a term peculiar to music), from Gk. tonos "vocal pitch, raising of voice, accent, key in music," originally "a stretching, taut string," related to teinein "to stretch" (see
tenet). Sense of "manner of speaking" is from 1610. First reference to firmness of body is from 1669. The verb meaning "to impart tone to" is recorded from 1811. Tonal is attested from 1776; atonal first attested 1922; tonality is from 1838.
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tone (tōn)

  1. The quality or character of sound.

  2. The character of voice expressing an emotion.

  3. The normal state of elastic tension or partial contraction in resting muscles.

  4. Normal firmness of a tissue or an organ.

v. toned, ton·ing, tones
To give tone or firmness to.
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