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:

Shanghainese - Phonology - Tones - Tone Sandhi
... Tone sandhi is a process whereby adjacent tones undergo dramatic alteration in connected speech ... Similar to other Northern 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Tone, Ibaraki
... Tone (利根町, Tone-machi?) is a town located in Kitasōma District, Ibaraki, Japan ...
Limburgish Language - Tone - Particular Local Features - Diphthongization
... mid and high vowels tend to diphthongize when they have a push tone ... 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 ...

More definitions of "tone":

  • (verb): Change the color or tone of.
    Example: "Tone a negative"
  • (noun): The elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli.
    Synonyms: tonicity, tonus
  • (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): 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
  • (verb): Change to a color image.
    Example: "Tone a photographic image"
  • (noun): A quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color.
    Synonyms: shade, tint, tincture
  • (verb): Utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically.
    Synonyms: chant, intone
  • (noun): A steady sound without overtones.
    Synonyms: pure tone
  • (noun): A notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound.
    Synonyms: note, musical note
  • (verb): Give a healthy elasticity to.
    Example: "Let's tone our muscles"
    Synonyms: tone up, strengthen
  • (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"

Famous quotes containing the word tone:

    Eloquence resides as much in the tone of voice, in the eyes, and in the expression of the face, as in the choice of words.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)

    Our medieval historians who prefer to rely as much as possible on official documents because the chronicles are unreliable, fall thereby into an occasionally dangerous error. The documents tell us little about the difference in tone which separates us from those times; they let us forget the fervent pathos of medieval life.
    Johan Huizinga (1872–1945)

    It hurts me to hear the tone in which the poor are condemned as “shiftless,” or “having a pauper spirit,” just as it would if a crowd mocked at a child for its weakness, or laughed at a lame man because he could not run, or a blind man because he stumbled.
    Albion Fellows Bacon (1865–1933)