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tone

noun  us   /toʊn/

tone noun (VOICE EXPRESSION)

[U] a quality in the voice, esp. one that expresses the speaker’s feelings, often toward the person being addressed: His tone was apologetic.

tone noun (MOOD)

[U] the mood or general feeling of something: The tone of his remarks was confident and reassuring. literature [U] The tone of a piece of writing expresses the writer's attitude toward the subject or the reader: The angry tone of this essay reveals her feelings about the war.

tone noun (SOUND)

[C usually sing] a musical, mechanical, or voice sound on one note: If you wish to leave a message, please wait until after the tone.

tone noun (MUSICAL QUALITY)

[C/U] music the quality of sound of a musical instrument or singing voice [C/U] music A tone is also a step .

tone noun (FIRM QUALITY)

[U] (esp. of muscles) the quality of being healthy and firm: Swimming helps to develop good muscle tone.

tone noun (COLOR)

art [C] a feature of color related to its brightness or the amount of light it reflects
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