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tone British & World English

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

tone English Thesaurus

bassoons add considerably to the tone of the tuba

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

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 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

duotone British & World English

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

dial tone in dialling tone British & World English

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

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

ringtone British & World English

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

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

lower the tone in lower2 British & World English

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

tone something down in tone British & World English

Make something less harsh in sound or colour

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


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