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toner

[toh-ner] /ˈtoʊ nər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that tones.
2.
a highly concentrated organic pigment containing little or no inert matter.
3.
a powder, either dry or dispersed in an organic liquid, used in xerography to produce the final image.
4.
Also called chemical toner. Photography, Movies. a chemical solution used to change the color of and, in some cases, help preserve black-and-white prints and motion-picture film by altering or replacing the silver image.
5.
a worker for a paint manufacturer who tests the color and quality of paint.
6.
a cosmetic preparation, usually a liquid, used to restore firmness to the skin.
Origin of toner
1885-1890
1885-90; tone + -er1
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  • Miss toner was quietly laughing, and indeed everybody laughed.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • For Mrs. toner the light-giver he knew that he had conceived a rooted aversion.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Mrs. toner wore a ruffled dress and of her face little remained distinct but the dark gaze—forceful and ambiguously gentle.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Mr. toner had left the string of fish by the door, where it was quite safe.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • I want to hear about some people called toner, he said, dropping into the easy-chair on the opposite side of the tea-table.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • "No you won't, toner; turn your head to one side," he called.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • Mr. toner turned angrily, and asked what Mr. Pawkins was "a givin' him."

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • The interview over, he returned to his book, and the lawyer went to look for his civil acquaintance, Mr. toner.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
  • His laugh was visible rather than audible and that Miss toner had never before been the subject of such mirth was evident to him.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Coristine, who was first visited, reported a sound of voices at the back of the house, and toner confirmed the report.

    Two Knapsacks John Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for toner

toner

/ˈtəʊnə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that tones or produces tones, esp a concentrated pure organic pigment
2.
a cosmetic preparation that is applied to produce a required effect, such as one that softens or alters hair colour or one that reduces the oiliness of the skin
3.
(photog) a chemical solution that softens or alters the colour of the tones of a photographic image
4.
a powdered chemical used in photocopying machines and laser printers, which is transferred onto paper to form the printed image
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Word Origin and History for toner
n.

1888, agent noun from tone (v.). As a photography chemical, from 1920; in xerography, from 1954.

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