chemical toner


  1. a person or thing that tones.
  2. a highly concentrated organic pigment containing little or no inert matter.
  3. a powder, either dry or dispersed in an organic liquid, used in xerography to produce the final image.
  4. Also called chemical toner. Photography, Movies. a chemical solution used to change the color of and, in some cases, help preserve black-and-white prints and motion-picture film by altering or replacing the silver image.
  5. a worker for a paint manufacturer who tests the color and quality of paint.
  6. a cosmetic preparation, usually a liquid, used to restore firmness to the skin.

Origin of toner

First recorded in 1885–90; tone + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for chemical-toner


  1. a person or thing that tones or produces tones, esp a concentrated pure organic pigment
  2. a cosmetic preparation that is applied to produce a required effect, such as one that softens or alters hair colour or one that reduces the oiliness of the skin
  3. photog a chemical solution that softens or alters the colour of the tones of a photographic image
  4. a powdered chemical used in photocopying machines and laser printers, which is transferred onto paper to form the printed image
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Word Origin and History for chemical-toner



1888, agent noun from tone (v.). As a photography chemical, from 1920; in xerography, from 1954.

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