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[tohn] /toʊn/
(Theobald) Wolfe, 1763–98, Irish nationalist and martyr for independence. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • It was here that wolfe tone and the men I told you of dined three years ago—and a merry day they had of it.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • The young men were busy with their '98 and wolfe tone Clubs.

    Ireland Since Parnell Daniel Desmond Sheehan
  • Amongst the prisoners taken was wolfe tone; who soon afterwards in order to avoid a felon's death, ended his life by suicide.

    Is Ulster Right? Anonymous
  • The rage and mortification of wolfe tone at his second failure knew no bounds.

    Is Ulster Right? Anonymous
  • wolfe tone confessed the same inspiration; Emmet's speech from the dock was that and nothing else.

  • Of this society wolfe tone was the creator, guide, and moving spirit.

    The Story Of Ireland Emily Lawless
  • wolfe tone and his republican friends, entirely careless of religion, formed an excellent connecting link.

    A History of England, Period III. Rev. J. Franck Bright
  • Napper Tandy was an ironmonger, wolfe tone was the son of a coach-maker.

  • wolfe tone, the ablest man by far on the revolutionary side, had never weaned of pouring contempt upon it.

    The Story Of Ireland Emily Lawless
  • This celebrated man, wolfe tone, was not unlike many others who have posed as Irish patriots.

    Is Ulster Right? Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for wolfe tone


(Theobald) Wolfe. 1763–98, Irish nationalist, who founded (1791) the Society of United Irishmen and led (1798) French military forces to Ireland. He was captured and sentenced to death but committed suicide


sound with reference to quality, pitch, or volume
short for tone colour
(US & Canadian) another word for note (sense 10)
(in acoustic analysis) a sound resulting from periodic or regular vibrations, composed either of a simple sinusoidal waveform (pure tone) or of several such waveforms superimposed upon one main one (compound tone)
an interval of a major second; whole tone
Also called Gregorian tone. any of several plainsong melodies or other chants used in the singing of psalms
(linguistics) any of the pitch levels or pitch contours at which a syllable may be pronounced, such as high tone, falling tone, etc
the quality or character of a sound: a nervous tone of voice
general aspect, quality, or style: I didn't like the tone of his speech
high quality or style: to lower the tone of a place
the quality of a given colour, as modified by mixture with white or black; shade; tint: a tone of red
  1. the normal tension of a muscle at rest
  2. the natural firmness of the tissues and normal functioning of bodily organs in health
the overall effect of the colour values and gradations of light and dark in a picture
(photog) a colour or shade of colour, including black or grey, of a particular area on a negative or positive that can be distinguished from surrounding lighter or darker areas
(intransitive) often foll by with. to be of a matching or similar tone (to): the curtains tone with the carpet
(transitive) to give a tone to or correct the tone of
(photog) (transitive) to soften or change the colour of the tones of (a photographic image) by chemical means
(transitive) to give greater firmness or strength to (the body or a part of the body)
an archaic word for intone
See also tone down, tone up
Word Origin
C14: from Latin tonus, from Greek tonos tension, tone, from teinein to stretch
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Word Origin and History for wolfe tone



mid-14c., from Old French ton (13c.), from Latin tonus "a sound, tone, accent," literally "stretching" (in Medieval Latin, a term peculiar to music), from Greek tonos "vocal pitch, raising of voice, accent, key in music," originally "a stretching, taut string," related to teinein "to stretch" (see tenet). Sense of "manner of speaking" is from c.1600. First reference to firmness of body is from 1660s.


"to impart tone to," 1811, from tone (n.). Related: Toned; toning.



"to impart tone to," 1811, from tone (n.). Related: Toned; toning.

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wolfe tone in Medicine

tone (tōn)

  1. The quality or character of sound.

  2. The character of voice expressing an emotion.

  3. The normal state of elastic tension or partial contraction in resting muscles.

  4. Normal firmness of a tissue or an organ.

v. toned, ton·ing, tones
To give tone or firmness to.
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