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  1. [noun] the quality of a person's voice; "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
    Synonyms: of voice

  2. [noun] (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages; "the Beijing dialect uses four tones"

  3. [noun] (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
    Synonyms: timbre, timber, quality

  4. [noun] the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"
    Synonyms: spirit, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell

  5. [noun] a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color; "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
    Synonyms: shade, tint, tincture

  6. [noun] a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
    Synonyms: note, musical note

  7. [noun] a steady sound without overtones; "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
    Synonyms: pure

  8. [noun] the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my tonicity"
    Synonyms: tonicity, tonus

  9. [noun] a musical interval of two semitones
    Synonyms: whole step, whole step

  10. [noun] the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author; "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"

  11. [verb] utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
    Synonyms: chant, in

  12. [verb] of one's speech, varying the pitch
    Synonyms: inflect, modulate

  13. [verb] change the color or tone of; "tone a negative"

  14. [verb] change to a color image; "tone a photographic image"

  15. [verb] give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles"
    Synonyms: up, strengthen


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