|a screen or mat covered with a dark material for shielding a camera lens from excess light or glare.|
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|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]|
|(adverb) to moderate or become moderated in tone: to tone down an argument; to tone down a bright colour|
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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Make less vivid, harsh, or violent; moderate. For example, That's a little too much rouge; I'd tone it down a bit, or Do you think I should tone down this letter of complaint? This idiom uses tone in the sense of "adjust the tone or quality of something," as does the antonym, tone up, meaning "brighten or strengthen." For example, These curtains will tone up the whole room, or This exercise is said to tone up the triceps. [Mid-1800s]