- 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.
Origin of tone
Examples from the Web for toneless
Here he suddenly felt the toneless; he had the feeling one might have on looking at a deep-sea fish: it is lifeless, toneless.The Goose Man|Jacob Wassermann
It was very dear to her, yet the toneless voice gave a strange unreality to the tender words.The History of Sir Richard Calmady|Lucas Malet
"I haven't appreciated you sufficiently, Sally," she said in a toneless voice.Sally Bishop|E. Temple Thurston
"And they will collect another inhabitable place," she said, her voice flat and toneless.Old Rambling House|Frank Patrick Herbert
"You have such burdens, dear," she said, and he noticed that her voice had acquired the toneless sweetness of her mother's.Virginia|Ellen Glasgow
British Dictionary definitions for toneless (1 of 3)
Derived Formstonelessly, adverbtonelessness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for toneless (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for toneless (3 of 3)
- the normal tension of a muscle at rest
- the natural firmness of the tissues and normal functioning of bodily organs in health