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tone
  • n  the quality of a person's voice
    he began in a conversational tone
    he spoke in a nervous tone of voice
  • n  (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages
    the Beijing dialect uses four tones
  • n  (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
    the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet
  • n  the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
  • n  a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
  • n  a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
  • n  a steady sound without overtones
    they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies
  • n  the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
  • n  a musical interval of two semitones
  • n  the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
    the general tone of articles appearing in the newspapers is that the government should withdraw
    from the tone of her behavior I gathered that I had outstayed my welcome
  • v  utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
  • v  vary the pitch of one's speech
  • v  change the color or tone of
    tone a negative
  • v  change to a color image
    tone a photographic image
  • v  give a healthy elasticity to
    Let's tone our muscles
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tone-beginning
  • n  a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
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tone arm
  • n  mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge
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tone deafness
  • n  an inability to distinguish differences in pitch
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tone ending
  • n  (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone
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tone language
  • n  a language in which different tones distinguish different meanings
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tone poem
  • n  an orchestral composition based on literature or folk tales
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tone system
  • n  the system of tones used in a particular language or dialect of a tone language
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tonegawa susumu
  • n  Japanese molecular biologist noted for his studies of how the immune system produces antibodies (born in 1939)
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toner
  • n  a solution containing chemicals that can change the color of a photographic print
  • n  a black or colored powder used in a printer to develop a xerographic image
  • n  a lotion for cleansing the skin and contracting the pores
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tong ho
  • n  grown for its succulent edible leaves used in Asian cooking
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tonga
  • n  a monarchy on a Polynesian archipelago in the South Pacific; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1970
  • n  the language of the Tongan people of south central Africa (Zambia and Rhodesia)
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tongs
  • n  any of various devices for taking hold of objects; usually have two hinged legs with handles above and pointed hooks below
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tongue
  • n  a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity
  • n  a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
  • n  any long thin projection that is transient
    tongues of flame licked at the walls
  • n  a manner of speaking
    he spoke with a thick tongue
    she has a glib tongue
  • n  a narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea
  • n  the tongue of certain animals used as meat
  • n  the flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot
  • n  metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side
  • v  articulate by tonguing, as when playing wind instruments
  • v  lick or explore with the tongue
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tongue-fish
  • n  left-eyed marine flatfish whose tail tapers to a point; of little commercial value
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tongue-flower
  • n  orchid having blue to purple flowers with tongue-shaped or strap-shaped protuberances (calli) at the lip base
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tongue and groove joint
  • n  a mortise joint made by fitting a projection on the edge of one board into a matching groove on another board
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