Tone vs. Tune

Tone vs. Tune — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Tone and Tune

Tonenoun

A sound of distinct pitch, quality, and duration; a note.

Tunenoun

A melody, especially a simple and easily remembered one.

Tonenoun

The interval of a major second in the diatonic scale; a whole step.

Tunenoun

A song.

Tonenoun

A recitational melody in a Gregorian chant.

Tunenoun

The state of being in correct pitch

sang out of tune.played in tune with the piano.

Tonenoun

The quality or character of sound.

Tunenoun

(Obsolete) A musical tone.

Tonenoun

The characteristic quality or timbre of a particular instrument or voice.

Tunenoun

Concord or agreement; harmony

in tune with the times.

Tonenoun

The pitch of a word used to determine its meaning or to distinguish differences in meaning.

Tunenoun

(Archaic) Frame of mind; disposition.

Tonenoun

The particular or relative pitch of a word, phrase, or sentence.

Tunenoun

(Electronics) Adjustment of a receiver or circuit for maximum response to a given signal or frequency.

Tonenoun

Manner of expression in speech or writing

took an angry tone with the reporters.

Tuneverb

(Music) To put into proper pitch

tuned the violin.

Tonenoun

A general quality, effect, or atmosphere

a room with an elegant tone.

Tuneverb

(Archaic) To utter musically; sing.

Tonenoun

A color or shade of color

light tones of blue.

Tuneverb

To adjust (an electronic receiver) to a desired frequency.

Tonenoun

Quality of color

The green wallpaper had a particularly somber tone.

Tuneverb

To adjust (an electronic circuit) so as to make it resonant with a given input signal.

Tonenoun

The general effect in painting of light, color, and shade.

Tuneverb

To adjust (an engine, for example) for maximum usability or performance.

Tonenoun

The normal state of elastic tension or partial contraction in resting muscles.

Tuneverb

To adjust the wavelength output of (a laser).

Tonenoun

Normal firmness of a tissue or an organ.

Tuneverb

To become attuned.

Toneverb

To give a particular tone or inflection to.

Tunenoun

A melody.

Toneverb

To soften or change the color of (a painting or photographic negative, for example).

Tunenoun

A song, or short musical composition.

Toneverb

To sound monotonously; intone.

Tunenoun

(informal) The act of tuning or maintenance.

Your engine needs a good tune.

Toneverb

To make firmer or stronger. Often used with up

exercises that tone up the body.

Tunenoun

The state or condition of being correctly tuned.

Your engine is now in tune.This piano is not in tune.

Toneverb

To assume a particular color quality.

Tunenoun

(obsolete) Temper; frame of mind.

Toneverb

To harmonize in color.

Tunenoun

(obsolete) A sound; a note; a tone.

Tonenoun

(music) A specific pitch.

Tunenoun

(obsolete) Order; harmony; concord.

Tonenoun

(music) (in the diatonic scale) An interval of a major second.

Tuneinterjection

Used to show appreciation or approval of a song.

You heard the new Rizzle Kicks song? — Tune!

Tonenoun

(music) (in a Gregorian chant) A recitational melody.

Tuneverb

To adjust (a musical instrument) so that it produces the correct pitches.

to tune a piano or a violin

Tonenoun

The character of a sound, especially the timbre of an instrument or voice.

Tuneverb

To adjust or modify (esp. a mechanical or electrical device) so that it functions optimally.

Tuning the engine gave me an extra twenty horsepower.Tune your mind, and anything becomes possible.

Tonenoun

General character, mood, or trend.

Her rousing speech gave an upbeat tone to the rest of the evening.

Tuneverb

To adjust the frequency on a radio or TV set, so as to receive the desired channel.

Tune to Channel 6 for all your favourite daytime shows.

Tonenoun

(linguistics) The pitch of a word that distinguishes a difference in meaning, for example in Chinese.

Tuneverb

(e.g. of senses or faculties) To adapt to or direct towards a particular target.

My ears were tuned to the sounds of the forest.

Tonenoun

(dated) A whining style of speaking; a kind of mournful or artificial strain of voice; an affected speaking with a measured rhythm and a regular rise and fall of the voice.

Children often read with a tone.

Tuneverb

To make more precise, intense, or effective; to put into a proper state or disposition.

Tonenoun

(literature) The manner in which speech or writing is expressed.

Tuneverb

To attune; to adapt in style of music; to make harmonious.

Tonenoun

(obsolete) State of mind; temper; mood.

Tuneverb

(transitive) To give a certain tone or character to.

Tonenoun

The shade or quality of a colour.

Tuneverb

(obsolete) To sing with melody or harmony.

Tonenoun

The favourable effect of a picture produced by the combination of light and shade, or of colours.

This picture has tone.

Tuneverb

To cheek; to be impudent towards.

Are you tuning me?

Tonenoun

The definition and firmness of a muscle or organ. see also: tonus

Tunenoun

a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence;

she was humming an air from Beethoven

Tonenoun

(biology) The state of a living body or of any of its organs or parts in which the functions are healthy and performed with due vigor.

Tunenoun

the property of producing accurately a note of a given pitch;

he cannot sing in tunethe clarinet was out of tune

Tonenoun

(biology) Normal tension or responsiveness to stimuli.

Tunenoun

the adjustment of a radio receiver or other circuit to a required frequency

Toneverb

(transitive) to give a particular tone to

Tuneverb

adjust for (better) functioning;

tune the engine

Toneverb

(transitive) to change the colour of

Tuneverb

of musical instruments;

My piano needs to be tuned

Toneverb

(transitive) to make (something) firmer

Toneverb

(intransitive) to harmonize, especially in colour

Toneverb

(transitive) To utter with an affected tone.

Tonepronoun

The one (of two).

Tonenoun

the quality of a person's voice;

he began in a conversational tonehe spoke in a nervous tone of voice

Tonenoun

(linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages;

the Beijing dialect uses four tones

Tonenoun

(music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound);

the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovelythe muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet

Tonenoun

the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people;

the feel of the city excited hima clergyman improved the tone of the meetingit had the smell of treason

Tonenoun

a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color;

after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted

Tonenoun

a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound;

the singer held the note too long

Tonenoun

a steady sound without overtones;

they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies

Tonenoun

the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli;

the doctor tested my tonicity

Tonenoun

a musical interval of two semitones

Tonenoun

the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author;

the general tone of articles appearing in the newspapers is that the government should withdrawfrom the tone of her behavior I gathered that I had outstayed my welcome

Toneverb

utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically;

The students chanted the same slogan over and over again

Toneverb

of one's speech, varying the pitch

Toneverb

change the color or tone of;

tone a negative

Toneverb

change to a color image;

tone a photographic image

Toneverb

give a healthy elasticity to;

Let's tone our muscles