- An audible sound which usually has a definite frequency, specific characteristics such as harmonics, and a given duration.
- The timbre of a given instrument, sound, or voice.
- The characteristics or sensory perceptions elicited by colors, sounds, or the like. For example, the audio characteristics of a room, or the quality of a given color.
- noun the impression given by a text or media product of its creator’s attitude, e.g. serious, humorous etc.
- noun the quality of a sound that makes it distinctive, e.g. in a voice or musical instrument
- noun a signal sent before an audio feed for technicians so that they can set levels
- noun the slightly tense state of a healthy muscle when it is not fully relaxed.
- noun a shade of colour
- verb to make muscles firmer and stronger
- noun a noise made by a machine such as a telephone
Origin & History of “tone”
English acquired tone via Old French ton and Latin tonus from Greek tónos ‘stretching, tension’, hence ‘sound’. this in turn went back to the Indo-European base *ton-, *ten- ‘stretch’, which also produced English tend, tense, thin, etc. The semantic transference from ‘tension’ to ‘sound’ may have arisen from the notion of tightening the strings of a musical instrument, but it could also be due to association with another Indo-European base *ton-, meaning ‘resound’ (source of English thunder). The derivative tonic (17th c.) comes ultimately from Greek tonikós. Tune is an unexplained variant of tone.