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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Both are more refreshing than a toner - and more effective methods of removing the last traces of make-up and oil.
▪ Cleanse your face as usual and take off any residue with toner.
▪ Cleansers, moisturisers and a soothing toner all specially formulated to be as pure as possible.
▪ If you have thread veins avoid facial steaming and don't use any toner containing alcohol.
▪ The toner replaces ink and can be dry or liquid.
▪ The 4300 features separate units, which makes toner cartridge replacement cheaper when it happens.
▪ The range includes a cleanser, toner and moisturiser, which have been specially formulated for irritable complexions.
▪ Then cleanse your face again and splash with cool water or just a refreshing toner on cotton wool.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1888, agent noun from tone (v.). As a photography chemical, from 1920; in xerography, from 1954.


n. 1 powder used in laser printers and photocopiers to form the text and images on the printed paper 2 cosmetic lotion designed to cleanse the skin and shrink pores, usually used on the face

  1. n. a solution containing chemicals that can change the color of a photographic print

  2. a substance used in a printer to develop a xerographic image

  3. a lotion for cleansing the skin and contracting the pores


Toner is a powder used in laser printers and photocopiers to form the printed text and images on the paper, in general with a toner cartridge. In its early form it was a mix of carbon powder and iron oxide. Then, to improve the quality of the printout, the carbon was melt-mixed with a polymer. Toner particles are melted by the heat of the fuser, and are thus bonded to the paper.

In earlier photocopiers, this low-cost carbon toner was poured by the user from a bottle into a reservoir in the machine. Later copiers, and laser printers from the first 1984 Hewlett-Packard LaserJet, feed directly from a sealed toner cartridge.

Laser toner cartridges for use in color copiers and printers come in sets of cyan, magenta, yellow and black ( CMYK), allowing a very large color gamut to be generated by mixing.

Toner (skin care)

In cosmetics, skin toner or simply toner refers to a lotion or wash designed to cleanse the skin and shrink the appearance of pores, usually used on the face. Toners can be applied to the skin in different ways:

  • On damp cotton wool. (This is the most frequently used method.)
  • Spraying onto the face.
  • By applying a tonic gauze facial mask—a piece of gauze is covered with toner and left on the face for a few minutes.

Users often apply moisturiser after toner has dried.

Toner (surname)

Toner is a surname in English and Turkish. In English, it is an anglicisation of the Gaelic name Ó Tomhrair, meaning a "descendant of Tomhrar". Notable people with the surname include:

  • Devin Toner (born 1986), Irish rugby player
  • Imogen Toner (born 1983), British actress and artist
  • James J. Toner (born 1940), American racehorse trainer
  • John Toner (1923–2014), American football coach
  • Mehmet Toner (born 1958), Turkish biomedical engineer
  • Michael E. Toner (born 1964), American lawyer
  • Michael Toner (journalist) (born 1944), British journalist
  • Niall Toner (born 1944), Irish musician and radio broadcaster
  • Pauline Toner (1935–1989), Australian politician
  • Robin Toner (1954–2008), American journalist
  • Tom Toner (1950–1990), American football player

Usage examples of "toner".

Captain Toner has aboard a frigate called Endymion someone that I esteem very highly, along with forty other men he took from my ship off the coast of Brittany.

Xerox needed to make its own toner, its own copier, its own light lens, and its own feeding and sorting subsystems in order to deliver high-volume, high-quality xerography to its customers.

Feeling pleased with himself, he worked quickly with blister sherbet and some medicinal honey, then rubbed a toner cream into the massive, clawed reptile feet that had gone pink from irritation.

Toner would have to beat Persephone then turn and come to the rescue of Bucephalas, which would, if the fight went on, be nothing more than a dismasted hulk.

How do I tell a fella like that about the childhood I spent dreaming of lash curlers, mascara, highlighters and toners?

That means extra typists to transcribe the wiretaps, and extra clerks to photocopy the transcripts, and extra repairmen to replace the toner in the photocopy machines, and so onall the way down to the extra process servers and bail bondsmen needed as the indictment draws near.

The colorist wouldn't have any idea why he was getting urgent requests for toner from someone who wasn't even one of his clients.