- n.[语]声调，语调; [画]色调，色泽，明暗; [乐]乐音，全音，全音程; [医]（正常的）健康状态;
- vt.使更健壮; 定调; 使变调子; [摄影术]给…上色;
- vi.带有某种腔调; 呈现某种色彩; （颜色）调和（与 with 连用）;
- 复数: tones;
- 第三人称单数: tones;
- 过去式: toned;
- 过去分词: toned;
- 现在分词: toning;
There was a friendly, bantering tone in his voice.
The doctor spoke in a brusque tone.
She adopted a brisk businesslike tone.
a casual and conversational tone
The tone of Mr Kinnock's speech was commendable.
Each brick also varies slightly in tone, texture and size.
Stefano's grip tightened and his tone became colder.
The tone of the book is sometimes too flip.
I told him to get lost and leave me alone and his tone quickly changed from obsequiousness to outright anger.
Her sharp, aggressive tone set in motion the events that led to her downfall.
His tone was terse as he asked the question.
The high tone of the occasion was assured by the presence of a dozen wealthy patrons.
He repeated his answer, this time in a clear, firm tone of voice.
Suddenly he laughed again, this time with a cold, sharp tone.
Choose shades which tone in with your natural colouring.
Both men sang in a deep, raspy tone.
"Very well," I said, adopting a crisp authoritative tone.
"Yes." My tone was insinuating. "I heard she was a real friendly girl."
I must ask you to tone down your remarks; they are giving offence to some of our visitors.
Holmes used an informal, chatty tone in his essays.
He spoke in a decided tone.
His tone is rather unfriendly.
I don't like your tone of voice.
He winced inwardly at her harsh tone.
Their first exchange set the tone for a new relationship.
Your commanding tone irritated him.
The doctor's tone was serious.
Judging from his tone, there's no doubt he is against it.
In the past, falling oil prices have given a boost to the world economy, but recent forecasts for global growth have been toned down, even as oil prices sink lower and lower.
One prevalent quality we have found in teens' statements about themselves, their friends and their families is a strikingly positive emotional tone.
Behind the differences in sex, skin tones and mother tongues, there are common attitudes, expectations and ambitions which risk creating a set of clones among the business leaders of the future.
But Delia was careful not to adopt the defensive tone.
1. the quality of a person's voice;
"he began in a conversational tone"
"he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
2. (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages;
"the Beijing dialect uses four tones"
3. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound);
"the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"
"the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
4. the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people;
"the feel of the city excited him"
"a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"
"it had the smell of treason"
5. a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color;
"after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
6. a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound;
"the singer held the note too long"
7. a steady sound without overtones;
"they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
8. the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli;
"the doctor tested my tonicity"
9. a musical interval of two semitones
10. 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"
1. utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically;
"The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
2. of one's speech, varying the pitch
3. change the color or tone of;
"tone a negative"
4. change to a color image;
"tone a photographic image"
5. give a healthy elasticity to;
"Let's tone our muscles"
tone something down
make something less harsh in sound or colour
To make less vivid, harsh, or violent; moderate.
To make or become brighter or more vigorous.
紧张性：正常力度和张力，在肌肉即指其对被动拉长或牵拉的抗拒性 音，音调 色彩处理，调色：以化学方法改变银染色或使之持久化，一般皆以重金属处置