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the quality of a musical sound that is conditioned or distinguished by the upper partials or overtones present in itOften shortened to: tone See also timbre (def. 2)
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Words nearby tone colour
tondo, tone, tone arm, tone cluster, tone color, tone colour, tone control, tone-deaf, tone dialing, tone down, tone language
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How to use tone colour in a sentence
The clarina has been found more practical and more effective in producing the desired tone-colour.
The seed from which our modern wealth of harmony and tone colour sprang was the perfect major triad.Critical & Historical Essays|Edward MacDowell
The suggestion, at the beginning, of the rising sun, is a mighty example of the overwhelming power of tone-colour.Edward MacDowell|Lawrence Gilman
Certain brief scenes in Verdi's opera are Egyptian in tone colour.The Complete Opera Book|Gustav Kobb
The movement is long, thoughtful, and no less apt in invention than rich and glowing in tone-colour.Musical Criticisms|Arthur Johnstone