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Definitions of tone:
  • noun:   (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages
    Example: "The Beijing dialect uses four tones"
  • noun:   the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
    Example: "The general tone of articles appearing in the newspapers is that the government should withdraw"
  • noun:   a steady sound without overtones
    Example: "They tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
  • noun:   a musical interval of two semitones
  • noun:   the quality of a person's voice
    Example: "He began in a conversational tone"
  • noun:   the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    Example: "A clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"
  • noun:   a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
  • noun:   the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
  • noun:   a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color
  • noun:   (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
    Example: "The muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
  • verb:   change to a color image
    Example: "Tone a photographic image"
  • verb:   change the color or tone of
    Example: "Tone a negative"
  • verb:   of one's speech, varying the pitch
  • verb:   utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
  • verb:   give a healthy elasticity to
    Example: "Let's tone our muscles"
  • name:  A surname (rare: 1 in 100000 families; popularity rank in the U.S.: #17109)

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