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tone US English

A musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength

Tone, Wolfe US English

(1763–98), Irish nationalist; full name Theobald Wolfe Tone. In 1794 he induced a French invasion of Ireland to overthrow English rule, which failed. Tone was captured by the British during the Irish insurrection in 1798 and committed suicide in prison

tone US Thesaurus

the tone of the tuba

busy tone US English

A sound indicating to a caller that a telephone line is engaged.

dial tone US English

A sound that a telephone produces indicating that a caller may start to dial

head tone US English

A tone obtained when singing in the head voice; a note sung in this voice.

high-tone1 US English

Originally and chiefly US informal. High-class, superior.

high-tone2 US English

Chiefly US. To bring to a superior or more elevated state; to make high-toned.

mean tone US English

(As two words or hyphenated.) Either of the two equal intervals of a whole tone into which a major third may be divided, used as a basis for tuning keyboard instruments before the general adoption of equal temperament.

pay-tone US English

A tone heard on the line of a payphone when payment is due.

room tone US English

The acoustic quality or ambience of a particular room.

side tone US English

Feedback in a telephone receiver, in particular the reproduction of the user’s own voice

tone arm US English

The movable arm supporting the pickup of a record player

tone-deaf US English

(Of a person) unable to perceive differences of musical pitch accurately

tone poem US English

A piece of orchestral music, typically in one movement, on a descriptive or rhapsodic theme

tone row US English

A particular sequence of the twelve notes of the chromatic scale used as a basis for twelve-tone (serial) music

two-tone US English

Having two different shades or colors

tone-on-tone US English

(Of a fabric or design) dyed with or using different shades of the same color

colour tone US English

A shade of a colour, especially one having a particular quality of brightness, deepness, or hue, or producing a particular effect within a picture or other image; (as a mass noun) the distinctive qualities or visual effect of a shade of colour.

earth tone US English

A rich warm color with a brownish hue

organ tone US English

= organ note.

prime tone US English

The fundamental note or generator of a compound tone.

psalm tone US English

Each of the tones used for the chanting of the psalms in the Divine Office of the Roman Catholic Church, especially the standard eight tones of Gregorian chant.

tone color US English

Another term for timbre.

tone group US English

A group of words forming a distinctive unit in an utterance, containing a nucleus and optionally one or more other syllables before and after the nucleus

touch-tone US English

(Of a telephone) having push buttons and generating tones to dial rather than pulses

twelve-tone US English

Denoting a system of musical composition using the twelve chromatic notes of the octave on an equal basis without dependence on a key system. Developed by Arnold Schoenberg, the technique is central to serialism and involves the transposition and inversion of a fixed sequence of pitches

engaged tone US English

A sound indicating that a telephone line is engaged

leading tone US English

Another term for subtonic.

quarter-tone US English

Half a semitone

ringing tone US English

A sound heard by a telephone caller when the number dialled is being rung

stutter tone US English

A dial tone interrupted by several short gaps, indicating the arrival of new voicemail messages to the user

tone cluster US English

Another term for note cluster.

tone dialing US English

A method of telephone dialing in which each digit is transmitted as a different tone

tone language US English

A language in which variations in pitch distinguish different words

peregrine tone US English

One of the tones used in Gregorian plainsong in the recitation of Psalm 114 (113 in the Vulgate), and later adapted as an Anglican chant.

resultant tone US English

A tone produced by the combined sounding of two other tones.

schoolgirl tone US English

A tone of voice characteristic of a schoolgirl; a way of speaking or expressing oneself that is childish.

fundamental tone US English

The tone that represents the fundamental frequency of a vibrating object such as a string or bell

tone up in tone US English

(Of a muscle or bodily part) became stronger or firmer

whole-tone scale US English

A scale consisting entirely of intervals of a tone, with no semitones

tone with in tone US English

Harmonize with (something) in terms of color

tone something down US English

Make something less harsh in sound or color

duotone US English

A halftone illustration made from a single original with two different colors at different screen angles

halftone US English

A reproduction of a photograph or other image in which the various tones of gray or color are produced by variously sized dots of ink

ringtone US English

A sound made by a mobile phone when an incoming call is received

rockstone US English

Rock, especially when used as a coarse building stone.

semitone US English

The smallest interval used in classical Western music, equal to a twelfth of an octave or half a tone; a half step

tone something down in tone US English

Make something less harsh in sound or color

passing note US English

A note not belonging to the harmony but interposed to secure a smooth transition from one chord to another

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