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Tone appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • O, I dare not tone radio.
  • Egad! A base tone denotes a bad age
  • Egad, a base tone denotes a bad age.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun tone:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb tone:


The word tone is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun tone

What does tone mean as a name of something?

Tone is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: tones

  1. the quality of a person's voice
    • examples: he began in a conversational tone | he spoke in a nervous tone of voice
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of tone: tone of voice
    • more generic terms: delivery / manner of speaking / speech = your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally
    • more specific words:
      • note = a tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling
      • rotundity / roundness = the fullness of a tone of voice
      • undertone = a quiet or hushed tone of voice
  2. (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages
    • example: the Beijing dialect uses four tones
    • domain: linguistics
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: pitch = the property of sound that varies with variation in the frequency of vibration
  3. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
    • example: the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet
    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of tone: quality / timber / timbre
    • more generic term: sound property = an attribute of sound
    • more specific words:
  4. the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
    • example: a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of tone: feel / feeling / flavor / flavour / look / smell / spirit
    • more generic words: ambiance / ambience / atmosphere = a particular environment or surrounding influence
    • more specific words:
      • Hollywood = a flashy vulgar tone or atmosphere believed to be characteristic of the American film industry
      • Zeitgeist = the spirit of the time
  5. a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
  6. a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
  7. a steady sound without overtones
    • example: they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of tone: pure tone
    • more generic terms: auditory sensation / sound = the subjective sensation of hearing something
    • more specific word: harmonic = a tone that is a component of a complex sound
  8. the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli
  9. a musical interval of two semitones
  10. the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
    • examples: 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
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: quality = an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

Alternative definition of the noun tone


  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. see also: tonus
  9. [biology] The state of a living body or of any of its organs or parts in which the functions are healthy and performed with due vigor.
  10. [biology] Normal tension or responsiveness to stimuli.

Definition of the verb tone

What does tone mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: toned | toning | tones

  1. utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
  2. vary the pitch of one's speech
  3. change the color or tone of
    • example: tone a negative
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: color / colour / discolor / discolour = change color, often in an undesired manner
  4. change to a color image
  5. give a healthy elasticity to

Other definitions of tone

What does tone also mean?


  1. [context: now dialectal] The one (of two).


  1. Tone is a town located in Kitasōma District, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
  2. Tone a.k.a. Toné is a town in the Fara Department of Balé Province in southern Burkina Faso. The town has a total population of 2,536.

There are other places with in their name, like Bradford on Tone.


  1. Tone a.k.a. Tony Eveready is a hardcore porn star who entered the industry in 1994. He is known as the self-styled "Gangsta of Porn" and "Thug of Porn", easily recognizable by his distinctive cornrow hairstyle. During his two-decade-long career, he has appeared in thousands of pornographic movies. Notable roles include the bestselling Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle and the internet video "1 Man DP".
  2. Tone a.k.a. Tony Wolz is a musical artist, musician.
  3. Tone a.k.a. Antonio D. Charity is a film actor.
  4. Tone a.k.a. Samuel Barnes is a composer,musician and record producer.
  5. Tone a.k.a. Tone Capone is a film actor.
  6. Tone a.k.a. Tone Mayer is a musical artist.
  7. Tone a.k.a. Anthony Catalano is a musician and the member of blues band Little Hurricane.

There are other people with in their name, like Omu-tone, Tone Åse, Tone Loc, Tone-Lōc, Chef Tone, High Tone, high-tone, Pure tone, Tone Bell, Tone Belt and many others.


Tone is a musical group.


  1. Tone is a fictional character from the 2012 film The Almost Man.
  2. Tone is a fictional character in the 2010 comedy and drama film Home for Christmas.
  3. Tone is a fictional character from the 2013 film Good to Go.
  4. Tone is a fictional character from the 2006 film Trigger.
  5. Tone is a fictional character from the 2002 film For Da Love of Money.
  6. Tone is a fictional character from the 2005 film Shackles.
  7. Tone is a fictional character from the 2002 film State Property.
  8. Tone is a fictional character from the 2006 film The Last Sect.
  9. Tone is a fictional character from the 1991 film Point Break.
  10. Tone is a fictional character from the 2011 film Totally True Love.
  11. Tone is a fictional character from the 2009 film I Do...I Did.
  12. Tone is a fictional character from the 1982 drama film Boj na poziralniku.
  13. Tone is a fictional character from the 2008 film Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club.
  14. Tone is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like 2 Tone, Two-Tone, Dial tone and Turbo Tu-Tone.


  1. "Tone" is the fifth Japanese studio album by South Korean pop group Tohoshinki, released on September 28, 2011 by Avex Trax. It is Tohoshinki's first Japanese album since becoming a two-piece band, with members Yunho and Changmin. Tone was released in three physical versions – Version A, a CD+DVD version with music videos; Version B, another CD+DVD version with off-shot movies; and Version C, a CD only version with a bonus track. Composing sessions for the album began in 2009, bull full production began in early 2011.
  2. "TONE" is the debut solo album of American rock bassist and Pearl Jam-member Jeff Ament, released September 16, 2008 on Monkeywrench Records. 3,000 copies of the album were pressed and distributed through independent record stores across the United States, as well as through Pearl Jam's official website. The album has also been made available as a digital download via Pearl Jam's official website for US$4.99.
    • also known as While My Heart Beats
    • genre: Alternative rock
    • released on (7 years ago)
  3. "Tone" is a musical single of Leyona.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  4. "Tone" is a musical album of Princess Ai Tai.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  5. "Tone" is a composition.
  6. "Tone" is a musical album of Mihoko Ono & Yukihiko Mitsuka & Tone.


"Tone" is a book by Moira Yip.


  1. Tone is the use of pitch in language to distinguish lexical or grammatical meaning – that is, to distinguish or to inflect words. All verbal languages use pitch to express emotional and other paralinguistic information and to convey emphasis, contrast, and other such features in what is called intonation, but not all languages use tones to distinguish words or their inflections, analogously to consonants and vowels. Languages that do have this feature are called tonal languages; the distinctive tone patterns of such a language are sometimes called tonemes [ˈtəʊniːm], by analogy with phoneme. Tonal languages are extremely common in Africa, East Asia, and Central America, but rare elsewhere in Asia and in Europe; as many as seventy percent of world languages may be tonal.
    • also known as 聲調
  2. Tone is a literary compound of composition, which encompasses the attitudes toward the subject and toward the audience implied in a literary work. Tone may be formal, informal, intimate, solemn, somber, playful, serious, ironic, condescending, or many other possible attitudes. Works of literature are often conceptualized as having at least one theme, or central question about a topic; and how the theme is approached within the work constitutes the work's tone.
  3. Tone and sound are terms used by musicians and related professions to refer to the audible characteristics of a player's sound. Tone is the product of all influences on what can be heard by the listener, including the characteristics of the instrument itself, differences in playing technique, and the physical space in which the instrument is played. In electric and electronic instruments, tone is also affected by the amplifiers, effects, and speakers used by the musician. In recorded music, tone is also influenced by the microphones, signal processors, and recording media used to record, mix, and master the final recording, as well as the listener's audio system.
  4. Tone was a bi-monthly magazine combining coverage of technological developments in New Zealand and from around the world with reviews on the latest consumer products available in New Zealand.

Phrases with Tone

Phrases starting with the word Tone:

  1. tone up
  2. tone arm
  3. tone down
  4. Tone Mark
  5. tone poem
  6. tone-deaf
  7. Tone scale
  8. tone ending
  9. Tone number
  10. tone system

Phrases ending with the word Tone:

  1. Two-Tone
  2. Dial tone
  3. head tone
  4. pure tone
  5. chest tone
  6. Touch-Tone
  7. whole tone
  8. muscle tone
  9. Engaged Tone

Other phrase containing the word Tone:

  1. to tone up

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Tone

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Google previewColloquial Cantonese (eBook And MP3 Pack) (2014)

The Complete Course for Beginners by Dana Scott Bourgerie, Keith S T Tong, Gregory James

The low rising tone is a rise from low to mid, again like asking a question, but rather suspiciously. The low falling tone is a fall from mid to low, somewhat like an ordinary statement in English. Note the transcription: an acute accent mark ( ́) is ...

Google previewMosby's Massage Therapy Review (2014)

by Sandy Fritz

Muscle and Motor Tone Muscle tone is a mixture of fluid pressure and tension and density in the connective tissue...

The most common reason for increased motor tone is the increase in sympathetic arousal and sustained sympathetic ...

Google previewThe Science and Psychology of Music Performance (2002)

Creative Strategies for Teaching and Learning by Richard Parncutt, Gary McPherson

One or more of the following circumstances may combine to make a particular partial tone especially loud: (a) the partial tone is a component of many of the constituent tones of the chord, (b) the formant frequency configuration of the vowel ...

Google previewGaskell's Compendium of Forms (1884)

by George A. Gaskell

The Pure Tone is a clear, smooth, sonorous flow of sound, adapted to express emotions ot'y'oy, love, and tranquility. The Orotund is a full, deep, round, pure tone of voice, adapted to the declamatory style generally, and used especially to ...

Google previewPoincaré Plot Methods for Heart Rate Variability Analysis (2013)

by Ahsan Habib Khandoker, Chandan Karmakar, Michael Brennan, Marimuthu Palaniswami, Andreas Voss

Vagal tone is the dominant influence under resting conditions and the majority of heart rate fluctuations are a result of vagal modulation (Chess ...

Google previewA Grammar of Hdi (2002)

by Zygmunt Frajzyngier

Tone is an independent component of the structure of a morpheme. Syllabification proceeds from left to right after morphemes have been 36 2 Phonology 5.9. Glide metathesis 6. Syllable structure 6.1. Allowed and disallowed syllabic ...

Google previewClinical Pediatric Neurology (2009)

A Signs and Symptoms Approach: Expert Consult - Online and Print by Gerald M Fenichel

Phasic tone is a rapid contraction in response to a high-intensity stretch. The tendon reflex response...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Molecular Pharmacology

by Stefan Offermanns

Smooth Muscle Tone Regulation. Figure 1 Mechanisms leading to agonist stimulated calcium-dependent and calcium-independent contraction of smooth muscle. NE, norepinephrine. See text for the other abbreviations. Smooth Muscle Tone ...

Google previewThe Lexicon in Phonological Change (1977)

by William S. Wang

TONE CHANGE IN CHAO-ZHOU CHINESE: A STUDY IN LEXICAL DIFFUSION * CHIN-CHUAN CHENG AND WILLIAM S-Y. WANG We have in several publications ofl'ered some general thoughts on the chronological profile of phonological ...

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Quotes about Tone

Tone is up for grabs in what we do - what's the tone of the scene. (James L. Brooks)
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Scrabble value of T1O1N1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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