tone tone  /ˈtoʊn/


  1. (n) the quality of a person's voice
  2. (n) (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages
  3. (n) (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
  4. (n) the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
  5. (n) a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
  6. (n) a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
  7. (n) a steady sound without overtones
  8. (n) the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
  9. (n) a musical interval of two semitones
  10. (n) the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
  11. (v) utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
  12. (v) vary the pitch of one's speech
  13. (v) change the color or tone of
  14. (v) change to a color image
  15. (v) give a healthy elasticity to

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  1. But if real-tone songs catch on, firms like Jippii and Jamba! could well find themselves out of business.
  2. A new study from researchers at Beth Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School suggests that tone-deafness may be the result of a missing neural connection.


  1. Man Of Steel Review (MovieMantz)

    The super-serious tone robs "Man of Steel" from being the rousing, awe-inspiring and exciting good time that it should be.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Access Hollywood via Yahoo! News

  2. Tone® Body Wash Partners With Karmin

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tone® Body Wash is partnering with pop duo Karmin for the Tone® Turn it Up!® series this summer, in conjunction with the introduction of new Tone® Ocean ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Base hair color on skin tone, eyes: Style Q&A

    If you want to become superblond, make sure it will complement your skin tone and eyes.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer


  1. Referring to the statements coming from Iranian leadership, Obama said: "I'm very concerned, based on some of the tenor and tone of the statements that have been made, that the government of Iran recognises that the world is watching."
    on Jun 19, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Press Trust of India

  2. In a statement, Neugebauer said, "The House chamber is a place of decorum and respect. The timing and tone of my comment last night was inappropriate."
    on Mar 22, 2010 By: Randy Neugebauer Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. "I'm just a little taken aback by the tone of your remarks, because it's unconnected to reality," Sessions said. "I know what happened at Harvard. I know you were an outspoken leader against the military policy. I know you acted without legal...
    on Jun 29, 2010 By: Jeff Sessions Source: TIME

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