- 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.
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As a bowhunter your goal is to paint a picture in the animal’s mind with the timing, location, tone, and intensity of your vocalization.
It can suggest variations of different lengths and tones, as well as help users find the best word to use in a particular circumstance.Startup cofounded by A.I. heavy hitters debuts editing tool it hopes will ‘transform writing’|Jeremy Kahn|October 27, 2020|Fortune
You chose your own 1987 Porsche 911 Targa to open the book and set the tone.
As for sound, Shure has aimed for a relatively neutral, flat tone that provides an accurate recreation of what the original producer intended for any track, and the results are great.Shure’s Aonic 50 wireless noise-cancelling headphones offer best-in-class audio quality|Darrell Etherington|October 16, 2020|TechCrunch
Besides, tackling a trail run or backcountry ski before breakfast sets a great tone for the day.
And Abercrombie & Fitch is toning down its 'nightclub' vibe.Andre Leon Talley Packs for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Wedding; Gucci's Frida Giannini Denies Leaving the House|The Fashion Beast Team|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One activist admitted to toning down her posts on Twitter and Facebook after signing.
Is the right better served, I ask, by toning down its discontent with the Obama administration?
Kasowitz referred all calls to Sitrick, and the usually vociferous Sitrick is toning down things as well.
Many failures in toning are entirely due to lack of care in details and sufficient attention to cleanliness.The Barnet Book of Photography|Various
For toning up the generative organs, so that they can perform their natural functions, Pratts Cow Remedy is safe and positive.
Toning, fixing, and washing can be done in the ordinary way by filling the bottle up with the different solutions.Photographic Amusements, Ninth Edition|Walter E. Woodbury and Frank R. Fraprie
"Your imagination is toning down wonderfully," he flattered him.Romance Island|Zona Gale
He wondered just what words he would find in the way of advice about toning down her style for north country operations.Joan of Arc of the North Woods|Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for tone (1 of 2)
- the normal tension of a muscle at rest
- the natural firmness of the tissues and normal functioning of bodily organs in health