- tone ► NOUN 1) a musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength. 2) the sound of a person's voice, expressing a feeling or mood. 3) general character: trust her to lower the tone of the conversation. 4) (also whole tone) a basic interval in classical Western music, equal to two semitones; a major second. 5) the particular quality of brightness, deepness, or hue of a colour. 6) the general effect of colour or of light and shade in a picture. 7) the normal level of firmness or slight contraction in a resting muscle.► VERB 1) (often tone up) give greater strength or firmness to (the body or a muscle). 2) (tone down) make less harsh, extreme, or intense. 3) (tone with) harmonize with in terms of colour.DERIVATIVES toned adjective toneless adjective.ORIGIN Greek tonos 'tension, tone' , from teinein 'to stretch' .
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Toneless — Tone less, a. Having no tone; unmusical. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
toneless — tone|less [ˈtəunləs US ˈtoun ] adj a toneless voice does not express any feelings ▪ I m sorry, he said, in a flat toneless voice … Dictionary of contemporary English
toneless — [[t]to͟ʊnləs[/t]] ADJ GRADED A toneless voice is dull and does not express any feeling. [WRITTEN] What shall we do? Milton said again in a toneless voice. Derived words: tonelessly ADV GRADED ADV after v That s most kind of him, Eleanor said… … English dictionary
toneless — adjective a toneless voice does not express any feelings: “I m sorry,” he said, in a flat toneless voice. tonelessly adverb … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
toneless — adjective Date: 1773 lacking in tone, modulation, or expression < a toneless voice > • tonelessly adverb • tonelessness noun … New Collegiate Dictionary
toneless — tone|less [ tounləs ] adjective a toneless voice does not express any emotion ╾ tone|less|ly adverb … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
toneless — UK [ˈtəʊnləs] / US [ˈtoʊnləs] adjective a toneless voice does not express any emotion Derived word: tonelessly adverb … English dictionary
toneless — adjective lacking in tone or expression his toneless mechanical voice • Ant: ↑toned … Useful english dictionary
toneless — tone·less (tōnʹlĭs) adj. 1. Lacking tone. 2. Lacking vitality; listless. toneʹless·ly adv. toneʹless·ness n. * * * … Universalium
toneless — adjective a) lacking tone or expression b) lacking vitality; listless … Wiktionary