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tone British & World English

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

Tone, Wolfe British & World 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

dial tone British & World English

North American term for dialling tone.

side tone British & World English

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

tone arm British & World English

The movable arm supporting the pickup of a record player

tone-deaf British & World English

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

tone poem British & World English

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

tone row British & World English

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

tone unit British & World English

another term for tone group.

two-tone British & World English

Having two different shades or colours

tone-on-tone British & World English

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

earth tone British & World English

A rich warm color with a brownish hue

tone colour British & World English

another term for timbre.

tone group British & World 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 British & World English

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

dialling tone British & World English

A sound produced by a telephone that indicates that a caller may start to dial

engaged tone British & World English

A sound indicating that a telephone line is engaged

leading tone British & World English

North American term for subtonic.

quarter-tone British & World English

Half a semitone

ringing tone British & World English

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

stutter tone British & World English

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

tone cluster British & World English

another term for note cluster.

tone dialling British & World English

A method of telephone dialling in which each digit is represented by a particular combination of tones

tone language British & World English

A language in which variations in pitch distinguish different words

tone something down in tone British & World English

Make something less harsh in sound or colour

fundamental tone British & World English

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

lower the tone in lower2 British & World English

Diminish the general spirit or moral character of a conversation, place, etc.

lower the tone British & World English

Diminish the general spirit or moral character of a conversation, place, etc.

tone up in tone British & World English

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

whole-tone scale British & World English

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

tone with in tone British & World English

Harmonize with (something) in terms of colour

tone something down British & World English

Make something less harsh in sound or colour

halftone British & World English

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

dial tone in dialling tone British & World English

A sound produced by a telephone that indicates that a caller may start to dial

duotone British & World English

A half-tone illustration made from a single original with two different colours at different screen angles

semitone British & World English

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

ringtone British & World English

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

whole tone in tone British & World English

A basic interval in classical Western music, equal to two semitones and separating, for example, the first and second notes of an ordinary scale (such as C and D, or E and F sharp); a major second

muscle tone in tone British & World English

The normal level of firmness or slight contraction in a resting muscle

twelve-note British & World 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

twelve-tone in twelve-note British & World 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

Theobald Wolfe Tone in Tone, Wolfe British & World 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 English Thesaurus

bassoons add considerably to the tone of the tuba

tone English-Spanish

tono m

tone arm English-Spanish

brazo mde un tocadiscos

tone-deaf English-Spanish

to be tone-deaf


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