1. The quality of a person's voice (synset 107096765)
    "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
  2. (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages (synset 104994132)
    "the Beijing dialect uses four tones"
  3. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound) (synset 104994869)
    "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
  4. The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people (synset 114549784)
    "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"
  5. A quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color (synset 104966407)
    "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
  6. A notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound (synset 106878395)
    "the singer held the note too long"
  7. A steady sound without overtones (synset 105727552)
    "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
  8. The elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli (synset 114568274)
    "the doctor tested my tonicity"
  9. A musical interval of two semitones (synset 106872106)
  10. The quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author (synset 105218719)
    "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"
  1. Utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically (synset 201068797)
    "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
  2. Vary the pitch of one's speech (synset 200984325)
  3. Change the color or tone of (synset 200290894)
    "tone a negative"
  4. Change to a color image (synset 200290736)
    "tone a photographic image"
  5. Give a healthy elasticity to (synset 200101031)
    "Let's tone our muscles"

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