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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  • Toned — Toned, a. Having (such) a tone; chiefly used in composition; as, high toned; sweet toned. [1913 Webster] {Toned paper}, paper having a slight tint, in distinction from paper which is quite white. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toned — toned; duo·toned; …   English syllables

  • -toned — toned, combining form. having a tone: »Sweet toned = having a sweet tone …   Useful english dictionary

  • toned — adjective 1. having or characterized or distinguished by tone or a specific tone; often used in combination (Freq. 1) full toned shrill toned deep toned • Similar to: ↑tonal 2. having or distinguished by a tone; often used in combination …   Useful english dictionary

  • -toned — [[t] to͟ʊnd[/t]] COMB in ADJ toned combines with adjectives to indicate that something has a particular kind of tone. ...a beautiful silver toned voice ideal for Mozart. ...soft, pastel toned drawings …   English dictionary

  • Toned — Tone Tone, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Toned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Toning}.] 1. To utter with an affected tone. [1913 Webster] 2. To give tone, or a particular tone, to; to tune. See {Tune}, v. t. [1913 Webster] 3. (Photog.) To bring, as a print, to a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toned — adj. Toned is used with these nouns: ↑body, ↑muscle, ↑stomach, ↑thigh …   Collocations dictionary

  • toned — adjective Date: 15th century 1. having tone or a specified tone ; characterized or distinguished by a tone 2. of paper having a slight tint …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • toned — təʊn n. sound, ring; atmosphere v. give a sound or ring; give a color or tint …   English contemporary dictionary

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