Origin of tone

1275–1325; Middle English (noun) < Latin tonus < Greek tónos strain, tone, mode, literally, a stretching, akin to teínein to stretch

SYNONYMS FOR tone

1 See sound1.
15 spirit, quality, temper.

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for toneless (1 of 3)

toneless

/ (ˈtəʊnlɪs) /

adjective

having no tone
lacking colour or vitality

Derived Forms

tonelessly, adverbtonelessness, noun

British Dictionary definitions for toneless (2 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for toneless (3 of 3)

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
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Medicine definitions for toneless

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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