Tone Tone, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Toned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Toning}.] 1. To utter with an affected tone. [1913 Webster]

2. To give tone, or a particular tone, to; to tune. See {Tune}, v. t. [1913 Webster]

3. (Photog.) To bring, as a print, to a certain required shade of color, as by chemical treatment. [1913 Webster]

{To tone down}. (a) To cause to give lower tone or sound; to give a lower tone to. (b) (Paint.) To modify, as color, by making it less brilliant or less crude; to modify, as a composition of color, by making it more harmonius. [1913 Webster]

Its thousand hues toned down harmoniusly. --C. Kingsley. [1913 Webster] (c) Fig.: To moderate or relax; to diminish or weaken the striking characteristics of; to soften. [1913 Webster]

The best method for the purpose in hand was to employ some one of a character and position suited to get possession of their confidence, and then use it to tone down their religious strictures. --Palfrey. [1913 Webster]

{To tone up}, to cause to give a higher tone or sound; to give a higher tone to; to make more intense; to heighten; to strengthen. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Toned — Toned, a. Having (such) a tone; chiefly used in composition; as, high toned; sweet toned. [1913 Webster] {Toned paper}, paper having a slight tint, in distinction from paper which is quite white. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • toned — toned; duo·toned; …   English syllables

  • -toned — toned, combining form. having a tone: »Sweet toned = having a sweet tone …   Useful english dictionary

  • toned — adjective 1. having or characterized or distinguished by tone or a specific tone; often used in combination (Freq. 1) full toned shrill toned deep toned • Similar to: ↑tonal 2. having or distinguished by a tone; often used in combination …   Useful english dictionary

  • -toned — [[t] to͟ʊnd[/t]] COMB in ADJ toned combines with adjectives to indicate that something has a particular kind of tone. ...a beautiful silver toned voice ideal for Mozart. ...soft, pastel toned drawings …   English dictionary

  • toned — adj. Toned is used with these nouns: ↑body, ↑muscle, ↑stomach, ↑thigh …   Collocations dictionary

  • toned — tone ► NOUN 1) a musical or vocal sound with reference to its pitch, quality, and strength. 2) the sound of a person s voice, expressing a feeling or mood. 3) general character: trust her to lower the tone of the conversation. 4) (also whole… …   English terms dictionary

  • toned — adjective Date: 15th century 1. having tone or a specified tone ; characterized or distinguished by a tone 2. of paper having a slight tint …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • toned — təʊn n. sound, ring; atmosphere v. give a sound or ring; give a color or tint …   English contemporary dictionary

  • toned — noted …   Anagrams dictionary

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