chemical toner

noun Photography.

Nearby words

  1. chemical reaction,
  2. chemical repair,
  3. chemical sensitivity,
  4. chemical sympathectomy,
  5. chemical toilet,
  6. chemical warfare,
  7. chemical weathering,
  8. chemically,
  9. chemico-,
  10. chemigraphy


[ toh-ner ]
/ ˈtoʊ nər /


a person or thing that tones.
a highly concentrated organic pigment containing little or no inert matter.
a powder, either dry or dispersed in an organic liquid, used in xerography to produce the final image.
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.
a worker for a paint manufacturer who tests the color and quality of paint.
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. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chemical-toner


/ (ˈtəʊnə) /


a person or thing that tones or produces tones, esp a concentrated pure organic pigment
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
photog a chemical solution that softens or alters the colour of the tones of a photographic image
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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