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Meaning of tone

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

  tone
      n 1: the quality of a person's voice; "he began in a
           conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
           [syn: {tone}, {tone of voice}]
      2: (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that
         serves to distinguish words in tonal languages; "the Beijing
         dialect uses four tones"
      3: (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice
         or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was
         rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell
         summoned them to meet" [syn: {timbre}, {timber}, {quality},
         {tone}]
      4: the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect
         that it has on people; "the feel of the city excited him"; "a
         clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the
         smell of treason" [syn: {spirit}, {tone}, {feel}, {feeling},
         {flavor}, {flavour}, {look}, {smell}]
      5: a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another
         color; "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that
         she wanted" [syn: {shade}, {tint}, {tincture}, {tone}]
      6: a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical
         sound; "the singer held the note too long" [syn: {note},
         {musical note}, {tone}]
      7: a steady sound without overtones; "they tested his hearing
         with pure tones of different frequencies" [syn: {tone}, {pure
         tone}]
      8: the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that
         facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my
         tonicity" [syn: {tonicity}, {tonus}, {tone}] [ant:
         {amyotonia}, {atonia}, {atonicity}, {atony}]
      9: a musical interval of two semitones [syn: {tone}, {whole
         tone}, {step}, {whole step}]
      10: 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 1: utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The
           students chanted the same slogan over and over again" [syn:
           {tone}, {chant}, {intone}]
      2: vary the pitch of one's speech [syn: {tone}, {inflect},
         {modulate}]
      3: change the color or tone of; "tone a negative"
      4: change to a color image; "tone a photographic image"
      5: give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles" [syn:
         {tone}, {tone up}, {strengthen}]


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