- 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.
verb (used with object), toned, ton·ing.
verb (used without object), toned, ton·ing.
- 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.
- tone arm,
- tone cluster,
- tone color,
- tone colour,
- tone control
Origin of tone
Examples from the Web for toned
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
You believe that your body can make everything good; just one glimpse of your sculpted, toned beauty and—poof!
Both are slender, toned, and have the butts of Victoria Secret models.#ButtSchool - How Porn Stars Work Out: Pop Physique Promises the Perfect Derriere|Aurora Snow|August 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In our language: The Boss is sporting great pecs, great arms, and a toned stomach.Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment: The Boss’ Body Beautiful at 64|Tim Teeman|July 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
DeHaan says the version we see in the film is toned down from more graphic version they shot.Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin Is the Best Thing About ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’|Kevin Fallon|May 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The golden ripples on the sea have toned down and have put on the sombre air of twilight.Sidelights on Chinese Life|J. Macgowan
It is a sombre red, which at one moment seems to be toned in the direction of maroon, and at another in the direction of brown.Travels in South Kensington|Moncure Daniel Conway
It might have happened that the great Anton had also (An-)toned something of his own.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
Paris had put up her shutters and toned down her illuminations.Glories of Spain|Charles W. Wood
When this was done all the exaggerations and crudities, toned by distances, melted into exquisite grace of line and form.The Art of Public Speaking|Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
- the normal tension of a muscle at rest
- the natural firmness of the tissues and normal functioning of bodily organs in health
Word Origin for tone
mid-14c., from Old French ton (13c.), from Latin tonus "a sound, tone, accent," literally "stretching" (in Medieval Latin, a term peculiar to music), from Greek tonos "vocal pitch, raising of voice, accent, key in music," originally "a stretching, taut string," related to teinein "to stretch" (see tenet). Sense of "manner of speaking" is from c.1600. First reference to firmness of body is from 1660s.
"to impart tone to," 1811, from tone (n.). Related: Toned; toning.