manner of expression in speaking
the quality or character of the sound produced by a particular instrument or singing voice
the general quality or nature of sth; character
"he began in a conversational tone"
"he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"
"the Beijing dialect uses four tones"
"the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"
"the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
"the feel of the city excited him"
"a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"
"it had the smell of treason"
"after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
"the singer held the note too long"
"they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"
"the doctor tested my tonicity"
"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"
"The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
"tone a negative"
"tone a photographic image"
"Let's tone our muscles"
Instruments and voices are distinguished by..their individual tones.
出自： A. Bain
He spoke in an angry tone.