I. adjective Etymology: Greek tonikos, from tonos tension, tone Date: 1649 1. a. characterized by tonus <
tonic contraction of muscle
; also marked by prolonged muscular contraction <
tonic convulsions
b. producing or adapted to produce healthy muscular condition and reaction of organs (as muscles) 2. a. increasing or restoring physical or mental tone ; refreshing b. yielding a tonic substance 3. relating to or based on the first tone of a scale <
tonic harmony
4. of a syllable bearing a principal stress or accent 5. of or relating to speech tones or to languages using them to distinguish words otherwise identical • tonically adverb II. noun Date: 1797 1. the first tone of a major or minor scale ; keynote 2. a. an agent (as a drug) that increases body tone b. one that invigorates, restores, refreshes, or stimulates <
a day in the country was a tonic for him
c. a liquid preparation for the scalp or hair d. chiefly New England a carbonated flavored beverage e. tonic water 3. a voiced sound

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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