- a musical sound of definite pitch, consisting of several relatively simple constituents called partial tones, the lowest of which is called the fundamental tone and the others harmonics or overtones.
- an interval equivalent to two semitones; a whole tone; a whole step.
- any of the nine melodies or tunes to which Gregorian plainsong psalms are sung.
- the normal state of tension or responsiveness of the organs or tissues of the body.
- that state of the body or of an organ in which all its functions are performed with healthy vigor.
- normal sensitivity to stimulation.
- to become or cause to become softened or moderated: The newspaper toned down its attack.
- Painting. to make (a color) less intense in hue; subdue.
- to give a higher or stronger tone to.
- to gain or cause to gain in tone or strength: toning up little-used muscles.
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How to use tone in a sentence
Okay, I’ll disable all alerts except for work or emergencies, and use custom tones where possible.Carolyn Hax: Cellphones push his buttons, and he pushes back|Carolyn Hax|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
“Utopia Avenue,” by David MitchellMitchell’s groovy rock novel belts out the lives of a fictional band in such vivid tones that you may imagine that you once heard the group play in the late ’60s.
They have confidence in us to move forward together, tactfully and with the right tone.
Behind a pressure-heavy defense, Indiana is setting the tone for Big Ten defensive units.With A Win Over Ohio State, Indiana Would Be In The Big Ten Driver’s Seat. Wait, What?|Josh Planos|November 18, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
“The Crown” and “The Queen” are different in both scope and tone, but nevertheless a singularity is now quite near, which means that something about “The Crown” has fundamentally changed.The Charles and Diana saga weighs heavy on ‘The Crown,’ but Gillian Anderson’s Thatcher is a triumph|Hank Stuever|November 12, 2020|Washington Post
But when she opened the door, a harem of toned and dreaded hip-hop dancers were lounging on couches staring at her.How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star|Kevin Fallon|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One with a toned figure, black suit and dark sunglasses looks more like a US Secret Service agent than a financier.
It was as finely balanced and perfectly toned as Rivers' funeral.Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan—A Funny, Moving Celebration on a Special 'Fashion Police'|Tim Teeman|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They ranged from yoga teacher-toned to affably soft around the edges.
You believe that your body can make everything good; just one glimpse of your sculpted, toned beauty and—poof!
The old dowager's voice toned down, and she pulled her black feathers straight upon her head.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
He was a mild-mannered man, tall, rather pale, with refined features and a low-toned pleasant voice.
At the commencement of the period herein spoken of string-toned stops as we know them to-day scarcely existed.
Of this model are some of the sweetest toned violins to be found, of which the Amatis are the type.Violins and Violin Makers|Joseph Pearce
Its use, in place of the hard and empty-toned Diapasons to which we had perforce become accustomed, is rapidly growing.
British Dictionary definitions for tone (1 of 2)
- the normal tension of a muscle at rest
- the natural firmness of the tissues and normal functioning of bodily organs in health