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Tone

Definition

The author's attitude to the subject as revealed in the style and the manner of the writing. This might be for instance serious, comic, or ironic.

[n] a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color; "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
[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] 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"
[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"
[n] a steady sound without overtones; "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
[n] a musical interval of two semitones
[n] a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
[n] the quality of a person's voice; "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
[n] 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"
[n] the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my tonicity"
[v] give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles"
[v] change to a color image; of photography
[v] change the color or tone of

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