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Overview of noun tone

The noun tone has 10 senses? (first 7 from tagged texts)
1. (24) tone, tone of voice

(the quality of a person's voice; "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice")

2. (22) tone

((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. (11) timbre, timber, quality, tone

((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")

4. (5) spirit, tone, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell

(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")

5. (2) shade, tint, tincture, tone

(a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color; "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted")

6. (1) note, musical note, tone

(a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long")

7. (1) tone, pure tone

(a steady sound without overtones; "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies")

8. tonicity, tonus, tone

(the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my tonicity")

9. tone, whole tone, step, whole step

(a musical interval of two semitones)

10. tone

(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")


Overview of verb tone

The verb tone has 5 senses? (no senses from tagged texts)
1. tone, chant, intone

(utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again")

2. tone, inflect, modulate

(vary the pitch of one's speech)

3. tone

(change the color or tone of; "tone a negative")

4. tone

(change to a color image; "tone a photographic image")

5. tone, tone up, strengthen

(give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles")

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