- pertaining to tension, as of the muscles.
- marked by continued muscular tension: a tonic spasm.
Origin of tonic
regional variations of tonic
OTHER WORDS FROM tonicton·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·ton·ic, adjective, nounnon·ton·ic, adjectivepre·ton·ic, noun, adjective
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Origin of -tonic
How to use tonic in a sentence
Webb comes across with a clarity of expression that is rare for a politician and that the voters might find a welcome tonic.Wait a Minute, Clinton Coronators—Here Comes Jim Webb|Eleanor Clift|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The result is a jade green soup that is smooth and gently tonic.
For Feiffer, the cold isolation of the upstate New York retreat worked like a tonic.
Ultimately, the recommended tonic is based on your mind-body type according to ancient tradition.
Unfortunately, the four-time NBA All-Star was tragically known for his unofficial nickname: Vin and Tonic.
Monsieur Ratignolle was delighted to see her, though he found her looking not so well as at Grand Isle, and he advised a tonic.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
And the familiar scenery, together with the wholesome exercise of sculling, acted as a tonic to his nerves.Uncanny Tales|Various
First of all is the forceful utterance of the stressed syllable; the Provençal has post-tonic syllables, unlike the sister-speech.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
He shrewdly suspected that the infinite peace of the landscape would prove the best tonic for her overwrought mind.Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman
“A useful phrase at times, of the nature of a tonic, amidst our enervating civilisation,” she reflected.The Daughters of Danaus|Mona Caird
British Dictionary definitions for tonic
- the first degree of a major or minor scale and the tonal centre of a piece composed in a particular key
- a key or chord based on this