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definition of the word tone

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v. difficult top #802: tone silent takes honour

< French ton < Latin tonus (a sound, tone, etc.) < Ancient Greek τόνος (tonos), a sound, tone, accent, tension, force, strength, a cord, sinew, literally a stretching) < τείνειν (teinein), to stretch).



tone (plural tones)

  1. (music) A specific pitch.
  2. (music) (in the diatonic scale) An interval of a major second.
  3. (music) (in a Gregorian chant) A recitational melody.
  4. The character of a sound, especially the timbre of an instrument or voice.
  5. (linguistics) The pitch of a word that distinguishes a difference in meaning, for example in Chinese.
  6. (literature) The manner in which speech or writing is expressed.
  7. The shade or quality of a colour.
  8. The definition and firmness of a muscle or organ.

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