What is 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"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on tone, tones:

Bantry Bay - History - Rebellion of 1798
... land launch a rebellion 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 ...
Limburgish Language - Tone - Particular Local Features - Diphthongization
... especially the mid and high vowels tend to diphthongize when they have a push tone ... grave" "hole next to a road" Verbs distinguish mood with tone "We conquer!" "May we conquer!" The difference between push tone and dragging tone may also purely ...
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 ... 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 ...

More definitions of "tone":

  • (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
  • (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"
  • (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 elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli.
    Synonyms: tonicity, tonus
  • (verb): Change the color or tone of.
    Example: "Tone a negative"
  • (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
  • (verb): Give a healthy elasticity to.
    Example: "Let's tone our muscles"
    Synonyms: tone up, strengthen
  • (verb): Utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically.
    Synonyms: chant, intone
  • (noun): (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound).
    Synonyms: timbre, timber, quality
  • (noun): A quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color.
    Synonyms: shade, tint, tincture
  • (verb): Change to a color image.
    Example: "Tone a photographic image"

Famous quotes containing the word tone:

    There was about all the Romans a heroic tone peculiar to ancient life. Their virtues were great and noble, and these virtues made them great and noble. They possessed a natural majesty that was not put on and taken off at pleasure, as was that of certain eastern monarchs when they put on or took off their garments of Tyrian dye. It is hoped that this is not wholly lost from the world, although the sense of earthly vanity inculcated by Christianity may have swallowed it up in humility.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)

    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)