- pertaining to tension, as of the muscles.
- marked by continued muscular tension: a tonic spasm.
Origin of tonic
Synonyms for tonic
Regional variation note
Origin of -tonic
Related Words for toniccordial, pick-me-up, drug, restorative, pickup, fillip, boost, stimulant, bracer, refresher, strengthener, conditioner, analeptic, roborant
Examples from the Web for tonic
Contemporary Examples of tonic
For Feiffer, the cold isolation of the upstate New York retreat worked like a tonic.The Climax of ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’
May 14, 2014
Unfortunately, the four-time NBA All-Star was tragically known for his unofficial nickname: Vin and Tonic.Rodman’s Goon Squad Goes to North Korea
The Daily Beast
January 7, 2014
And so Europeans sweetened it, giving us so-called tonic water, the “tonic” being the antidote to malaria.
(Tonic water made today still notes “contains quinine” on the label).
The good news is that the departure of Berlusconi could be a tonic that awakens Italy from a stupor of lassitude and indifference.Italy's Troubles Are Not the Tipping Point for Global Economic Collapse
November 10, 2011
Historical Examples of tonic
“What we want is to administer a tonic to the Conference in Milan,” he said airily.The Secret Agent
Note: Realgar: The Chinese believe that realgar is a mithridate and tonic.The Chinese Fairy Book
There was a snap and tang in the breeze which braced one like a tonic.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
I always felt that the sight of our hungry eyes was a tonic to him.
Its entrance into the "Western World" was a tonic to this stock.The Frontier in American History
Frederick Jackson Turner
- the first degree of a major or minor scale and the tonal centre of a piece composed in a particular key
- a key or chord based on this
Word Origin for tonic
1640s, "relating to or characterized by muscular tension," from Greek tonikos "of stretching," from tonos "a stretching" (see tenet). The meaning "maintaining the healthy firmness of tissues" is recorded from 1680s, first extended 1756 to "having the property of restoring to health."
"a tonic medicine," 1799, from tonic (adj.).