Tone

  • (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"; "from the tone of her behavior I gathered that I had outstayed my welcome"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on tone, tones:

Bantry Bay - History - Rebellion of 1798
... was made by a French fleet, including Wolfe Tone in December 1796 ... Tone wrote of the expedition in his diary, saying that We were close enough to toss a biscuit ashore ... The square in Bantry is today named after Wolfe Tone ...
Tone, Ibaraki
... Tone (利根町, Tone-machi?) is a town located in Kitasōma District, Ibaraki, Japan ...
Jozef Murgaš - Life - United States - Importance and Primacy Conflicts
... The tone system is the use of two signals of different frequencies, i.e ... Murgaš substituted the "dot" of the Morse code with a higher tone and the "dash" with a lower tone (this is the 1904 patent "The way of transmitted messages by wireless telegraphy") ...
Shanghainese - Phonology - Tones - Tone Sandhi
... Tone sandhi is a process whereby adjacent tones undergo dramatic alteration in connected speech ... Wu dialects, Shanghainese is characterized by two forms of tone sandhi a word tone sandhi and a phrasal tone sandhi ... Word tone sandhi in Shanghainese can be described as left-prominent and is characterized by a dominance of the first syllable over the contour of the entire tone domain ...
Limburgish Language - Tone - Particular Local Features - Diphthongization
... and high vowels tend to diphthongize when they have a push tone ... stone" stei\n "stones" and lexical "grave" "hole next to a road" Verbs distinguish mood with tone "We conquer!" "May we conquer!" The difference between push tone and dragging tone ...

More definitions of "tone":

  • (verb): Change the color or tone of.
    Example: "Tone a negative"
  • (verb): Change to a color image.
    Example: "Tone a photographic image"
  • (noun): The elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli.
    Synonyms: tonicity, tonus
  • (verb): Utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically.
    Synonyms: chant, intone
  • (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 general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people.
    Example: "A clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"
    Synonyms: spirit, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell
  • (noun): A notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound.
    Synonyms: note, musical note
  • (noun): The quality of a person's voice.
    Example: "He began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
    Synonyms: tone of voice
  • (noun): (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound).
    Synonyms: timbre, timber, quality
  • (noun): A steady sound without overtones.
    Synonyms: pure tone
  • (verb): Give a healthy elasticity to.
    Example: "Let's tone our muscles"
    Synonyms: tone up, strengthen
  • (noun): A quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color.
    Synonyms: shade, tint, tincture

Famous quotes containing the word tone:

    Whose are the truly labored sentences? From the weak and flimsy periods of the politician and literary man, we are glad to turn even to the description of work, the simple record of the month’s labor in the farmer’s almanac, to restore our tone and spirits.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    If the oarsmen of a fast-moving ship suddenly cease to row, the suspension of the driving force of the oars doesn’t prevent the vessel from continuing to move on its course. And with a speech it is much the same. After he has finished reciting the document, the speaker will still be able to maintain the same tone without a break, borrowing its momentum and impulse from the passage he has just read out.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 B.C)