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Origin of tone

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English (noun), from Latin tonus, from Greek tónos “strain, tone, mode,” literally, “a stretching,” akin to teínein “to stretch”

synonym study for tone

1. See sound1.

OTHER WORDS FROM tone

Other definitions for tone (2 of 2)

Tone
[ tohn ]
/ toʊn /

noun
(Theobald) Wolfe, 1763–98, Irish nationalist and martyr for independence.
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How to use tone in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tone (1 of 2)

tone
/ (təʊn) /

noun
verb
See also tone down, tone up

Word Origin for tone

C14: from Latin tonus, from Greek tonos tension, tone, from teinein to stretch

British Dictionary definitions for tone (2 of 2)

Tone
/ (təʊn) /

noun
(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
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Medical definitions for tone

tone
[ tōn ]

n.
The quality or character of sound.
The character of voice expressing an emotion.
The normal state of elastic tension or partial contraction in resting muscles.
Normal firmness of a tissue or an organ.
v.
To give tone or firmness to.
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