Etymology

1. tonal

adjective. ['ˈtoʊnəl'] employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words.

Etymology

  • -al (English)
  • tonalli (Nahuatl)
  • -lli (Classical Nahuatl)
  • tone (English)
  • ton (French)

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Words that Rhyme with Tonal

  • monoclonal
  • conal

Example sentences of the word tonal


1. Adjective
Establish the tonal structure of the picture with transparent or translucent washes of color.

2. Noun, singular or mass
The art and furnishings are all very composed and contribute to a warm tonal palette."

Quotes containing the word tonal


1. My humor tends to be a little more edgy than is appropriate for 'Twilight,' although I got some in there. That was fun! There's just a tonal difference. For me, storytelling is storytelling. But, I do like writing for grown ups.
- Melissa Rosenberg

2. tonal

adjective. ['ˈtoʊnəl'] having tonality; i.e. tones and chords organized in relation to one tone such as a keynote or tonic.

Synonyms

  • tonic
  • toned
  • keyed
  • polytonal

Antonyms

  • debilitating
  • atonic
  • unkeyed

Etymology

  • -al (English)
  • tonalli (Nahuatl)
  • -lli (Classical Nahuatl)
  • tone (English)
  • ton (French)
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