A whining style of speaking; a kind of mournful or artificial strain of voice; an affected speaking with a measured rhythm ahd a regular rise and fall of the voice; as, children often read with a tone.
The tone of a piece refers to the quality of the author's voice, present in the writing, that conveys the author's attitude toward his or her audience. The author's tone might be described as angry, mild, detached, humorous, etc. Back | Top of glossary
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author; "the general tone of articles appearing in the newspapers is that the government should withdraw"; "from the tone of her behavior I gathered that I had outstayed my welcome"
An expression of a writer's attitude toward a subject. Unlike mood, which is intended to shape the reader's emotional response, tone reflects the feelings of the writer. Tone can be serious, humorous, sarcastic, playful, ironic, bitter, or objective. See Mood, Style
the look, feel, and character of a commercial or advertisement, as reflected in its mood, style, or personality; e.g., energetic, serious, bold, sophisticated, romantic, happy, old-fashioned, warm, and others.
The poet's or persona's attitude in style or expression toward the subject, e.g., loving, ironic, bitter, pitying, fanciful, solemn, etc. Tone can also refer to the overall mood of the poem itself, in the sense of a pervading atmosphere intended to influence the readers' emotional response and foster expectations of the conclusion. Sidelight: Another use of tone is in reference to pitch or to the demeanor of a speaker as interpreted through inflections of the voice; in poetry, this is conveyed through the use of connotation, diction, figures of speech, rhythm and other elements of poetic construction.(Compare Content, Form, Motif, Style, Texture)
The writer's attitude toward his readers and his subject; his mood or moral view. A writer can be formal, informal, playful, ironic, and especially, optimistic or pessimistic. While both Swift and Pope are satirizing much the same subjects, there is a profound difference in their tone.
The attitude of an author, as opposed to a NARRATOR or PERSONA, toward her subject matter and/or audience. Tone is closely linked to MOOD, but tends to be associated more with VOICE. The tone of Theodore Roethke's poem My Papa's Waltz--about a boy and his drunk father--for example, is sad, sentimental and IRONIC.
the attitude toward a subject or story that is being expressed by the writer or director of a screenplay or film (such as cynicism, hope, anger, optimism, sadness, or wonder). The resolution of a story may inform the tone of the piece in the long run, even when a different tone may have been set earlier on.
expresses the author's attitude toward his or her subject. Since there are as many tones in literature as there are tones of voice in real relationships, the tone of a literary work may be one of anger or approval, pride or piety-the entire gamut of attitudes toward life's phenomena. Example: The last section of Huck Finn has a farcical tone.
this is the emotional feel of the passage, the unspoken voice of the writer. e.g. amused, mocking, angry, indignant, sympathetic, approving, cynical, scathing, indifferent. (N.B. a tone can also be neutral, as in an informative passage where the writer is not conveying any particular point of view)
Ton Ton, m Tono A quality of a color, such as its tint, shade, value or brightness or to create such a quality in a color. To tone down is to make a color less vivid, harsh, or violent. To tone up is to make one become brighter or more vigorous.
1. The value or color character of a surface, determined by the quantity of light reflected from it. The amount of light reflected can be determined by the character of the medium that has been applied to the surface. 2. Color variety due to slight changes within the same hue.
Also referred to as value – it is the scale of lightness or darkness at any given area of a print. Cold (blue) and warm tones (red) are often used to describe the colour of the image in both black and white and colour photographs.
The variation in colour that occurs when white, a pure hue of colour, or tint is combined with black or a percentage of black, having the effect of decreasing brightness and saturation. In printing this effect is achieved by adding a half-tone or percentage screen of black or grey on top of the colour, at a correct screen angle. (See colour and tint).
The degree of lightness or darkness in any given area of a print; also referred to as value. Cold tones (bluish) and warm tones (reddish) refer to the color of the image in both black-and-white and color photographs.
1. A sine wave of any frequency. Commonly refers to a 1Khz sine wave signal being the standard used to reference levels to (when set at 0dBm). 2. The frequency response characteristics of a sound. The sound of something as in the sound of an instrument.
refers to the quality of sound that a person makes on his or her instrument. Tone may be bright, brassy, dead, blasting, sweet, or any other adjective. Tone is NOT flat or sharp- those terms refer to pitch.
Usually tone means a unit of pitch change for a given language, English having about seven tones. Sometimes tone is used to contrast a tone language where tones are used to show vocabulary differences such as Chinese and an intonation language where tones show attitudes, grammar etc, such as English.
a sound that has conveyed (or can convey) significant information to the consciousness of the hearer because it is charged with and transmits (or can transmit) the special nature and character of the source of the sound
(H.E.): any sustained, sensible frequency, but not necessarily octave-specific. For instance, "the tone C#" means any C#, or a certain C#, depending on context. "The note (q.v.)#" refers (as much as possible) to one that is notated; see also pitch.
1) One of several single-frequency signals at the beginning of a tape reel at the magnetic reference level that will be used to record the program. 2) Any single-frequency signal or sound. 3) The sound quality of an instrument's sound relative to the amount of energy present at different frequencies. 4) In some synthesizers, a term meaning the audio signal that will be put out by the unit which would be similar to the sound of an instrument.
1. An interval consisting of two semitones, that is a whole step. 2. The particular sound of an instrument or voice, as well as the performer's particular coloring of that sound. For example, the tone produced by a certain clarinetist could be said to be rich, dark, and mellow; this is the result of the natural sound of the instrument, combined with the performer¹s particular technique of playing.
1. Any stable sound; synonymous with pitch. 2. A quality of sound, dependent in many ways on personal taste. For example, a person may find a particular singer's tone to be beautiful, another may find that same singer's tone to be unpleasant. 3. The mood of a musical composition, similar to the use of the term in descriptions of literature.
1. A single vocal or musical sound. 2. A specific djembé hit produced by flatly striking all four fingers on the drum (fingers together), with the creves of hand landing on the edge of the rim. The pitch of the primary tone is determined by the width and depth of the interior of the bowl. Resonance of this hit is determined by the diameter of the bowl as well as the tension on the head. Click here for image.
an audible sound used to indicate a state or status relating to entry of demographic data or the location within the audio portion of a document. Transcribe Station - a desktop device used by a transcriptionist in order to listen to the audio portion of a document and to view the associated demographic data. When not listening to an audio document, the station can be used to perform certain functions relating to the transcribe process including viewing activity stat reports.
Tone is the use of pitch in language to distinguish words. All languages use intonation to express emphasis, contrast, emotion, or other such nuances, but not every language uses tone to distinguish lexical meaning. When this occurs, tones are phonemes (discrete speech sounds), just like consonants and vowels, and they are occasionally referred to as tonemes.
As applied to the body's muscles, tone refers to natural tension; i.e., the muscle's ability to resist passive elongation or stretch. Tone is the normal state of balanced tension and responsiveness of the body.
Resistance or tension in a muscle when a limb or other body part is moved passively and in a relaxed state about a joint. A state of muscle tension balanced by partial contraction or alternate contraction and relaxation.
General or prevailing character or style, as of morals, manners, or sentiment, in reference to a scale of high and low; as, a low tone of morals; a tone of elevated sentiment; a courtly tone of manners.