What is tonic?

  • (noun): A medicine that strengthens and invigorates.
    Synonyms: restorative
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on tonic:

Sitars - Tuning
... is almost invariably tuned a perfect fourth above the tonic, the second string being tuned to the tonic ... The tonic in the Indian solfège system is referred to as ṣaḍja, ṣaḍaj, or the shortened form sa, or khaṛaj, a dialectal variant of ṣaḍaj, not as vād ...

More definitions of "tonic":

  • (noun): (music) the first note of a diatonic scale.
    Synonyms: keynote
  • (adj): Of or relating to or producing normal tone or tonus in muscles or tissue.
    Example: "A tonic reflex"; "tonic muscle contraction"
  • (adj): Relating to or being the keynote of a major or minor scale.
    Example: "Tonic harmony"
  • (adj): Used of syllables.
    Example: "A tonic syllables carries the main stress in a word"
    Synonyms: accented
  • (adj): Employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words.
    Synonyms: tonal

Famous quotes containing the word tonic:

    You are done for—a living dead man—not when you stop loving but stop hating. Hatred preserves: in it, in its chemistry, resides the “mystery” of life. Not for nothing is hatred still the best tonic ever discovered, for which any organism, however feeble, has a tolerance.
    E.M. Cioran (b. 1911)

    We need the tonic of wildness,—to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)