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1. [C] sound, especially with reference to its pitch, quality, strength, etc.
聲音; 音調; 音質
Ex.1. The ringing tones of an orator's voice
2. the alarm bell's harsh tone
2.[C] manner of expression in speaking
語氣; 口氣; 腔調
Ex.1. speak in an angry, impatient, retreating, etc tone
2. a tone of command, reproach, regret, etc
3. Don't speak to me in that tone ( of voice), ie in that unpleasant, insolent,
3.[C, U] quality or character of sound produced by a musical instrument
(樂器的) 音質, 音色
Ex.1.a violin with ( an) excellent tone
4.[sing] general spirit or character of sth
Ex.1.Overall, the tone of the book is satirical/ the book is satirical in tone.
2.set the tone for/ of the meeting with a conciliatory speech
5.[C] (music) any one of the five larger intervals between one note and the next that
(together with two semitones) make up an octave
6.[C] 1.tint or shade (of a color); degree (of light)
Ex.1.a carpet in tones of brown
2.general effect or color, light and shade
Ex.1.a picture in warm, dull, bright, etc tones
2.an artist's fine painting of skin tones
7.[U] proper firmness of the body
Ex.1.good muscular tone
8.[C]audible signal on a telephone line
Ex.1.That tone means that the number is engaged.
9.[C] (linguistic) pitch aspect of a syllable; rise or fall of pitch in speaking
(語言)音調; 聲調Source(s): CD316pro~
- SunnyLv 42 decades ago
Tone of voice reflects psychological arousal, emotion, and mood. It may also carry social information, as in a sarcastic, superior, or submissive manner of speaking.
1. "The more threatened or aggressive an animal becomes, the lower and harsher its voice turns--thus, the bigger it seems."
2. People unconsciously adapt to each other's voice tones. When two people converse, the person whose low-frequency [i.e., dominant] vocal characteristics change the least is perceived by both as having the higher social status"
3. A significant number of voice qualities are universal across human cultures, (though they are subject to cultural modification and shaping.
(1). Around the world, adults use higher pitched voices to speak to infants and young children. The softer pitch is innately "friendly," and suggests a nonaggressive pose.
(2). With each other, men and women use higher pitched voices in greetings and in courtship, to show harmlessness and to invite physical closeness.
(3). In almost every language, speakers use a rising intonation to ask a question. The higher register appeases the request for information, and is often accompanied by diffident palm-up gestures and submissive shoulder-shrugs (for neurological links between tone of voice and these cues, see SPECIAL VISCERAL NERVE).
( 4). The human brain is programmed to respond with specific emotions to specific vocal sounds (see, e.g., CRY, Infancy; MUSIC, Neuro-notes I; STARTLE REFLEX, Neuro-notes).Source(s): http://members.aol.com/nonverbal2/tone.htm