tone
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tone(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (modulation of voice)
a. el tono
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You don't have to take that tone with me!¡No hace falta que me hables en ese tono!
2. (music)
a. el timbre
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'm looking for a piano that has a brighter tone.Estoy buscando un piano con un timbre más claro.
b. el tono
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
That baritone singer has a beautiful and rich tone to his voice.Ese cantante barítono tiene un bello tono sonoro e intensoa su voz.
3. (attitude of writing)
a. el tono
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The tone of your writing doesn't match the immediacy of your thesis.El tono de tu escritura no combina bien con la inmediatez de tu tesis.
4. (atmosphere of a place)
a. el tono
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I don't think those bikers add much to the tone of the restaurant.No creo que esos moteros contribuyan a mejorar el tono del restaurante.
5. (shade)
a. el tono
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I want my house to be painted in soft tones of yellow, green, and blue.Quiero que mi casa esté pintada en tonos suaves de amarillo, verde y azul.
6. (electronics)
a. la señal
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I can't answer the phone, so please leave a message after the tone.No puedo contestar el teléfono, así que por favor deje un mensaje después de la señal.
7. (of a language)
a. el tono
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It took me many years to master the tones of the Vietnamese langauge.Me llevó muchos años a dominar los tonos del idioma vietnamita.
8. (of muscles)
a. el tono
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Lots of cardio and little weight training helped me maintain muscle tone.Mucho cardio y poco entrenamiento con pesas me ayudaba a mantener el tono muscular.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
9. (to invigorate)
a. tonificar
These exercises will tone your shoulders and and upper back.Estos ejercicios tonificarán los hombros y la espalda superior.
10. (photography)
a. virar
You can tone a photograph to enhance the image.Puedes virar una fotografía para dar realza a la imagen.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
11. (to harmonize)
a. armonizar
Choose a color that will tone well with the carpet.Elige un color que armonice bien con la alfombra.
b. combinar
I think the new building tones well with its historic surroundings.Creo que el nuevo edificio combina bien con el entorno histórico.
tones
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
12. (when speaking or sounding)
a. la voz
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
"Did you see that?", she said in hushed tones."¿Has visto eso?", dijo en voz baja.
b. el sonido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The tones of the bagpipes came to them from the other side of the lake.El sonido de las gaitas les llegó desde el otro lado del lago.
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tone
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (sound, color)
a. el tono
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (on phone)
a. el señal f, tono
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
3. (quality of sound)
a. el timbre
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
tone of voicetono de voz
4. (fig)
a.
to raise/lower the toneelevar/bajar el tono
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tone [təʊn]
noun
1 (Mús) tono (m)
2 [of voice] tono (m)
in an angry tone en tono de enojo; in low tones en tono bajo; they were whispering in low tones cuchicheaban; tone of voice tono (m) de voz
Don't speak to me in that tone of voice! He was usually spoken about in the tone of voice reserved for a brilliant and wayward child
to praise sb in ringing tones poner a algn por las nubes
3 (Telec) señal (f)
dialling tone señal (f) para marcar; please speak after the tone (Telec) por favor, hable después de oír la señal
4 (shade of colour) tono (m); matiz (m)
two-tone colour scheme combinación (f) de dos tonalidades
5 (tendency) tono (m); nota (f); [of speech, article] tono (m); cariz (m)
The spokesman said the tone of the letter was very friendly The whole tone of the President's speech was one of continuity and stability His comments to reporters were conciliatory in tone
the tone of the market (Economics) la nota dominante del mercado; el tono del mercado
6 (character, dignity) buen tono (m); elegancia (f)
the place has tone el sitio tiene buen tono; es un sitio elegante; the clientèle gives the restaurant tone la clientela da distinción al restaurante; to raise/lower the tone of sth levantar/bajar el nivel de algo
7 [of muscles etc]
muscle tone tono (m) muscular
...stretch exercises that aim to improve muscle tone Keeping your muscles strong and in tone helps you to avoid back problems
intransitive verb
(Britain)(also tone in) [+colours] armonizar; combinar;
transitive verb
1 (Mús) entonar
2 (Fot) virar
3 [+body, muscles] (also tone up) tonificar; fortalecer
This movement lengthens your spine and tones the spinal nerves ...finely toned muscular bodies Exercise tones up your body
modifier
tone colour tone color (US) (n) (Mús) timbre (m)
tone control (n) control (m) de tonalidad
tone language (n) lengua (f) tonal
tone poem (n) poema (m) sinfónico
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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