What is tone?

  • (noun): A quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color.
    Synonyms: shade, tint, tincture
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on tone, tones:

Tone, Ibaraki
... Tone (利根町, Tone-machi?) is a town located in Kitasōma District, Ibaraki, Japan ...
Bantry Bay - History - Rebellion of 1798
... to 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 ... in Bantry is today named after Wolfe Tone ...
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") ...
Limburgish Language - Tone - Particular Local Features - Diphthongization
... especially the 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 and dragging tone may also purely mark ...
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 ...

More definitions of "tone":

  • (verb): Utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically.
    Synonyms: chant, intone
  • (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): (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): 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): (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): 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): Change the color or tone of.
    Example: "Tone a negative"
  • (verb): Give a healthy elasticity to.
    Example: "Let's tone our muscles"
    Synonyms: tone up, strengthen
  • (noun): A steady sound without overtones.
    Synonyms: pure tone
  • (noun): The elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli.
    Synonyms: tonicity, tonus

Famous quotes containing the word tone:

    ...I ... believe that words can help us move or keep us paralyzed, and that our choices of language and verbal tone have something—a great deal—to do with how we live our lives and whom we end up speaking with and hearing; and that we can deflect words, by trivialization, of course, but also by ritualized respect, or we can let them enter our souls and mix with the juices of our minds.
    Adrienne Rich (b. 1929)

    He doesn’t know a damn thing about China ... That’s what makes him an expert. He knows nothing about music, being tone deaf. That’s what makes him a musician ... And he’s batty in the head. That’s what makes him a philosopher.
    William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)

    Boswell, when he speaks of his Life of Johnson, calls it my magnum opus, but it may more properly be called his opera, for it is truly a composition founded on a true story, in which there is a hero with a number of subordinate characters, and an alternate succession of recitative and airs of various tone and effect, all however in delightful animation.
    James Boswell (1740–1795)