- a person or thing that tones.
- a highly concentrated organic pigment containing little or no inert matter.
- a powder, either dry or dispersed in an organic liquid, used in xerography to produce the final image.
- Also called chemical toner. Photography, Movies. a chemical solution used to change the color of and, in some cases, help preserve black-and-white prints and motion-picture film by altering or replacing the silver image.
- a worker for a paint manufacturer who tests the color and quality of paint.
- a cosmetic preparation, usually a liquid, used to restore firmness to the skin.
Origin of toner
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Examples from the Web for toner
For Mrs. Toner the light-giver he knew that he had conceived a rooted aversion.
She was looking at Miss Toner and if she had been pale before, she was paler now.
All his solicitude was for Miss Toner in her imaginary plight.
Miss Toner was quietly laughing, and indeed everybody laughed.
"No you won't, Toner; turn your head to one side," he called.Two Knapsacks
- a person or thing that tones or produces tones, esp a concentrated pure organic pigment
- a cosmetic preparation that is applied to produce a required effect, such as one that softens or alters hair colour or one that reduces the oiliness of the skin
- photog a chemical solution that softens or alters the colour of the tones of a photographic image
- a powdered chemical used in photocopying machines and laser printers, which is transferred onto paper to form the printed image
Word Origin and History for toner
1888, agent noun from tone (v.). As a photography chemical, from 1920; in xerography, from 1954.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper