Nearby words

  1. tonality,
  2. tonally,
  3. tonawanda,
  4. tonbridge,
  5. tondo,
  6. tone arm,
  7. tone cluster,
  8. tone color,
  9. tone colour,
  10. tone control

Origin of tone

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

1. See sound1. 15. spirit, quality, temper.

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British Dictionary definitions for toning


/ (təʊn) /


(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


/ (təʊn) /



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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Word Origin and History for toning
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Medicine definitions for toning


[ tōn ]


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.


To give tone or firmness to.

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