Nouns (24)

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 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"
pure tone, tone
n. a steady sound without overtones; "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
whole step, whole tone, step, tone
n. a musical interval of two semitones
musical note, tone, note
n. a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound; "the singer held the note too long"
tone of voice, tone
n. the quality of a person's voice; "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
smell, look, flavour, flavor, feeling, feel, tone, spirit
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"
tonus, tonicity, tone
n. the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli; "the doctor tested my tonicity"

Verbs (11)

tone up, strengthen, tone
v. give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles"
v. change to a color image; "tone a photographic image"
v. change the color or tone of; "tone a negative"
modulate, inflect, tone
v. vary the pitch of one's speech
intone, chant, tone
v. utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"

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Fuzzynyms (38)

n. high social status; "a man of quality"
posture, bearing, carriage
n. characteristic way of bearing one's body; "stood with good posture"
attitude, posture, position
n. the arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an attitude of surrender"
n. editorial directions to be followed in spelling and punctuation and capitalization and typographical display
pitch contour, modulation, intonation
n. rise and fall of the voice pitch
n. the use or application of an accent; the relative prominence of syllables in a phrase or utterance
n. a distinctive style or manner; "he continued in this vein for several minutes"
n. the totality of surrounding conditions; "he longed for the comfortable environment of his living room"
surroundings, milieu
n. the environmental condition
mood, climate
n. the prevailing psychological state; "the climate of opinion"; "the national mood had changed radically since the last election"
n. a state or condition free from damage or decay
lour, lower, glower, frown
v. look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval
subdue, subordinate
v. make subordinate, dependent, or subservient; "Our wishes have to be subordinated to that of our ruler"
harden, temper
v. harden by reheating and cooling in oil; "temper steel"
lead, chair, moderate
v. preside over; "John moderated the discussion"
cantillate, intonate, intone, chant
v. recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm; "The rabbi chanted a prayer"
tone down, tame, moderate
v. make less strong or intense; soften; "Tone down that aggressive letter"; "The author finally tamed some of his potentially offensive statements"
v. distribute over a surface in a layer; "spread cheese on a piece of bread"

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Antonyms (4)

amyotonia, atony, atonicity, atonia
n. lack of normal muscular tension or tonus


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