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Tone \Tone\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Toned; p. pr. & vb. n. Toning.]

  1. To utter with an affected tone.

  2. To give tone, or a particular tone, to; to tune. See Tune, v. t.

  3. (Photog.) To bring, as a print, to a certain required shade of color, as by chemical treatment. To tone down.

    1. To cause to give lower tone or sound; to give a lower tone to.

    2. (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.

      Its thousand hues toned down harmoniusly.
      --C. Kingsley.

    3. Fig.: To moderate or relax; to diminish or weaken the striking characteristics of; to soften.

      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.

      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.


Toned \Toned\, a. Having (such) a tone; -- chiefly used in composition; as, high-toned; sweet-toned.

Toned paper, paper having a slight tint, in distinction from paper which is quite white.

  1. Having a (specified kind of) tone. v

  2. (en-past of: tone)

  1. adj. having or characterized or distinguished by tone or a specific tone; often used in combination; "full-toned"; "shrill-toned"; "deep-toned"

  2. having or distinguished by a tone; often used in combination; "full-toned"; "silver-toned" [ant: toneless]

Usage examples of "toned".

He loved the way every toned muscle beneath her gorgeous, bronzed skin worked as she moved.

She opened her thigh a bit, and he noted that her equally toned perfect legs were longer than his.

What in her words, as here presented only to the eye, may seem brusqueness or even forwardness, was so tempered, so toned, so fashioned by the naivete with which she spoke, that it sounded in his ears as the utterance of absolute condescension.

The bright light faded from the castle, and all the landscape toned down into bluish gray.

The One-volume edition will be printed from a new fount of Brevier Ancient type, on toned paper, and will be the most compact and readable edition of Shakespeare ever issued in a single volume.

Most beautiful women have almond-shaped eyes, but hers were round, and that and the pouting lip gave her some kind of almost uncivilized look, even though she was so slender, angular, high toned.

In December, Adams drafted a letter to Vergennes, which Franklin toned down.

It was supposed from the low price that these concerts would be beneath the notice of the high toned dilettanti of the city, but the performance last evening has completely disabused not only the nicely-critical, but the public generally of this idea.

Wagner has shown in his music-dramas, and Hey in his vocal method, that by means of a proper division of syllables and correct articulation, the harshness of consonants can be toned down as much as is desirable.

Slowly the shadows crept out from the hulls of the cars, the sun turned across its zenith and gradually lost its white glare, its rays toned with yellows and reds.

Her eyes trailed from his chiseled face, over the smooth undersides of his toned biceps, down the T of curly dark brown hair on his olive complected chest.

The plundering, genocide, defoliation and gang rape that typified the peninsula's past had been toned down for the sake of Francis X.

He looked big and grim, and I looked in really great shape, with the pink halter top revealing my toned abs. I didn’t have a six-pack, but I didn’t go for the really muscular look, so that was fine.

Her features were rounded but not unpleasant, and her body was toned from daily aerobic exercise.

The Couple watched the very handsome boy as he chatted up a thirty-something bartender whose toned muscles were set off by the track lighting over his head.