What is tone?

  • (noun): (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound).
    Synonyms: timbre, timber, quality
    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 ... 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 ...
Limburgish Language - Tone - Particular Local Features - Diphthongization
... mid and high vowels tend to diphthongize when they have a push tone ... 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 grammatical ...
Tone, Ibaraki
... Tone (利根町, Tone-machi?) is a town located in Kitasōma District, Ibaraki, Japan ...
Bantry Bay - History - Rebellion of 1798
... 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 ...

More definitions of "tone":

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

Famous quotes containing the word tone:

    It makes me hate accepting things that are probable when they are held up before me as infallibly true. I prefer these words which tone down and modify the hastiness of our propositions: “Perhaps, In some sort, Some, They say, I think,” and the like.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)

    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)

    If the oarsmen of a fast-moving ship suddenly cease to row, the suspension of the driving force of the oars doesn’t prevent the vessel from continuing to move on its course. And with a speech it is much the same. After he has finished reciting the document, the speaker will still be able to maintain the same tone without a break, borrowing its momentum and impulse from the passage he has just read out.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 B.C)