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tone down

  

      vb   adv   to moderate or become moderated in tone  
to tone down an argument, to tone down a bright colour     
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tone  
      n  
1    sound with reference to quality, pitch, or volume  
2       short for       tone colour  
3      (U.S. and Canadian)      another word for       note       10  
4    (in acoustic analysis) a sound resulting from periodic or regular vibrations, composed either of a simple sinusoidal waveform (pure tone) or of several such waveforms superimposed upon one main one (compound tone)  
5    an interval of a major second; whole tone  
6      (Also called)    Gregorian tone   any of several plainsong melodies or other chants used in the singing of psalms  
7      (Linguistics)   any of the pitch levels or pitch contours at which a syllable may be pronounced, such as high tone, falling tone, etc.  
8    the quality or character of a sound  
a nervous tone of voice     
9    general aspect, quality, or style  
I didn't like the tone of his speech     
10    high quality or style  
to lower the tone of a place     
11    the quality of a given colour, as modified by mixture with white or black; shade; tint  
a tone of red     
12      (Physiol)  
a    the normal tension of a muscle at rest  
b    the natural firmness of the tissues and normal functioning of bodily organs in health  
13    the overall effect of the colour values and gradations of light and dark in a picture  
14      (Photog)   a colour or shade of colour, including black or grey, of a particular area on a negative or positive that can be distinguished from surrounding lighter or darker areas  
      vb  
15    intr; often foll by: with   to be of a matching or similar tone (to)  
the curtains tone with the carpet     
16    tr   to give a tone to or correct the tone of  
17    tr     (Photog)   to soften or change the colour of the tones of (a photographic image) by chemical means  
18       an archaic word for       intone     (See also)        tone down       tone up  
     (C14: from Latin tonus, from Greek tonos tension, tone, from teinein to stretch)  


aeolian tone  
      n   the musical tone produced by the passage of a current of air over a stretched string, etc., as in an aeolian harp  
combination tone  
      n      another term for       resultant tone  
dialling tone   ,   (U.S. and Canadian)   dial tone  
      n   a continuous sound, either purring or high-pitched, heard over a telephone indicating that a number can be dialled  
   Compare       ringing tone       engaged tone  
engaged tone  
      n     (Brit)   a repeated single note heard on a telephone when the number called is already in use,   (U.S. and Canadian equivalent)    busy signal      Compare       ringing tone       dialling tone  
Gregorian tone  
      n   a plainsong melody  
   See       tone       6  
hum tone  
      n   a note produced by a bell when struck, lying an octave or (in many English bells) a sixth or seventh below the strike tone,   (Also called (esp. Brit.))    hum note  
mean-tone tuning  
      n      See       temperament       4  
quarter tone  
      n     (Music)   a quarter of a whole tone; a pitch interval corresponding to 50 cents measured on the well-tempered scale  
resultant tone  
      n   a musical sound sometimes heard when two loud notes are sounded together, either lower in pitch than either (differential tone) or higher (summational tone)  
ringing tone  
      n     (Brit)   a sequence of pairs of tones heard by the dialler on a telephone when the number dialled is ringing  
   Compare       engaged tone       dialling tone  
side tone  
      n   sound diverted from a telephone microphone to the earpiece so that a speaker hears his own voice at the same level and position as that of the respondent  
Tone  
      n   (Theobald) Wolfe. 1763--98, Irish nationalist, who founded (1791) the Society of United Irishmen and led (1798) French military forces to Ireland. He was captured and sentenced to death but committed suicide  
tone arm  
      n      another name for       pick-up       1  
tone cluster  
      n     (Music)   a group of adjacent notes played simultaneously, either in an orchestral score or, on the piano, by depressing a whole set of adjacent keys  
tone colour  
      n   the quality of a musical sound that is conditioned or distinguished by the upper partials or overtones present in it,   (Often shortened to)    tone      See also       timbre       2  
tone control  
      n   a device in a radio, etc., by which the relative intensities of high and low frequencies may be varied  
tone-deaf  
      adj   unable to distinguish subtle differences in musical pitch  
  tone deafness      n  
tone down  
      vb   adv   to moderate or become moderated in tone  
to tone down an argument, to tone down a bright colour     
tone language  
      n   a language, such as Chinese or certain African languages, in which differences in tone may make differences in meaning  
tone poem  
      n      another term for       symphonic poem  
tone row   , series  
      n     (Music)   a group of notes having a characteristic pattern or order that forms the basis of the musical material in a serial composition, esp. one consisting of the twelve notes of the chromatic scale,   (Also called)    note row      See also       serialism       twelve-tone  
tone up  
      vb   adv   to make or become more vigorous, healthy, etc.  
exercise tones up the muscles     
touch-tone  
      adj   of or relating to a telephone dialling system in which each of the buttons pressed generates a tone of a different pitch, which is transmitted to the exchange  
twelve-tone  
      adj   of, relating to, or denoting the type of serial music invented and developed by Arnold Schoenberg, which uses as musical material a tone row formed by the 12 semitones of the chromatic scale, together with its inverted and retrograde versions. The technique has been applied in various ways by different composers and usually results in music in which there are few, if any, tonal centres  
   See       serialism  
two-tone  
      adj  
1    of two colours or two shades of the same colour  
2    (esp. of sirens, car horns, etc.) producing or consisting of two notes  
whole tone   ,   (U.S. and Canadian)   whole step  
      n   an interval of two semitones; a frequency difference of 200 cents in the system of equal temperament,   (Often shortened to)    tone  
whole-tone scale  
      n   either of two scales produced by commencing on one of any two notes a chromatic semitone apart and proceeding upwards or downwards in whole tones for an octave. Such a scale, consisting of six degrees to the octave, is used by Debussy and subsequent composers  

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tone down

  
  
dampen, dim, mitigate, moderate, modulate, play down, reduce, restrain, soften, soft-pedal     (informal)   subdue, temper  

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tone  
      n  
1    accent, emphasis, force, inflection, intonation, modulation, pitch, strength, stress, timbre, tonality, volume  
2    air, approach, aspect, attitude, character, drift, effect, feel, frame, grain, manner, mood, note, quality, spirit, style, temper, tenor, vein  
3    cast, colour, hue, shade, tinge, tint  
      vb  
4    blend, go well with, harmonize, match, suit  


tone down     
dampen, dim, mitigate, moderate, modulate, play down, reduce, restrain, soften, soft-pedal     (informal)   subdue, temper  
tone up     
freshen, get in shape, get into condition, invigorate, limber up, shape up, sharpen up, trim, tune up  

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exp.
to take OR bring somebody down a notch means to make them behave less arrogantly or proudly.
exp.
to take OR turn OR bring something down a notch means to decrease its intensity
exp.
(in an organization) set up a more informal structure/workflow/environment; give up on communication protocols between departments
[Bus.]
exp.
calm down!
exp.
relax, calm down
said to make someone temper his nerves or enthusiasm. E.g.: Chill out, I didn't take your car!
exp.
face a specific situation; act in a certain way
E.g.: John went out of rehab a few days ago and he is determined to not go down that road again.
exp.
metaphoric expression for getting married
n.
representation of a facial expression composed with various combinations of keyboard characters used to convey the writer's feelings or intended tone in electronic communication. For exemple, :-) represents a smile.
[Internet] Ex: When they e-mail, people have a growing tendency to use emoticons as a fun way to relay the tone of their messages
n.
1. the art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized 2.the study of formal speaking in pronunciation, grammar, style, and tone.
exp.
Abbreviation for "eXamine Your Zipper". To let someone know the zipper on the front of his pants is down.
[US];[Coll.]
adj.
something that is top-down comes from the top of a hierarchy and is passed down to the lower ranking members
n.
A moulding commonly used in framing oil paintings. The liner is fixed inside the frame and appears between the image and the outer frame. Generally made out of wood or some other hard material, the liner may have fabric glued down to it. Liners are to canvases what a mat/mount is to a print on paper
[Artwork framing] Polystyrene or wood liner. Fabric-covered liner. Linen liner. Gold liner.
v.
to look for or expose information about a person's past, usually bad, and to therefore bring that person down or put them in a bad light
exp.
it's said for determining someone to calm down, be patient, control his/her reactions
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