Translation of tone in Spanish:


tono, n.

Pronunciation /təʊn//toʊn/


  • 1

    • 1.1(quality of sound, voice)

      tono masculine
      from the tone of her voice I could tell that … por el tono de voz me di cuenta de que …
      • don't speak to your mother in that tone of voice! ¡no le hables a tu madre en ese tono!
      • He opened his mouth and began to say something, but stopped short, and stared at Naomi for a second before continuing in a hushed tone.
      • I can see their expression and hear their tone of voice now, clear as anything.
      • Yes, his name is uttered amongst the musical cognoscenti in hushed tones.
      • I can normally tell, just from her tone of voice down the telephone line, how she's feeling.
      • By the time the entrées arrived, I found myself taking tiny bites and talking in hushed tones about the quality of the parsnips in my soup.
      • She started to laugh, the musical tones reverberating through the halls before quieting.
      • Gruppman's bracing attack and Kosower's warmly resonant tone enlivened the Allegro finale.
      • There was no speaking in hushed tones at this compact dining room full of chatty, laughing customers.
      • On 'The Bird and Phoenix', he achieves an impressionistic, plaintive tone on flute.
      • But I'm sure my tone of voice and facial expression got my point across.
      • The attractive part of the vocal delivery is the tone, the snotty sneer with which nearly every line is delivered.
      • The Octet's members placed a high priority on a full singing tone, honeyed legato playing, and warm, genial musicianship.
      • The darkly resonant tones of the lower strings in the opening Largo were a prelude to the precise, crisp attack of the violins in the succeeding Allegro molto.
      • Only Trent noticed the mocking tone in Matt's voice and he hated him for it.
      • His voice had struck a conversational tone that grated on her nerves.
      • Imagine my surprise when they spontaneously sang with me again, but this time in hushed and reverent tones.
      • First she tried sweet-talking him, using a sugary-sweet tone of voice to put him in a good mood and then happily suggesting that he let her out for some exercise.
      • Ah well, you'll just have to imagine what my dulcet tones sound like.
      • He continued to ponder this as he moved across the room to where several of his men were standing speaking in hushed, worried tones.
      • Oistrakh's warm tone ensures that the concerto's melodic content is not compromised, in spite of his gutsy playing.
      • For a moment during this litany, her tone of voice takes on a sharp, exasperated edge.
      • It employs a single reed and has a very pure tone with no vibrato although this can be induced by use of the bellows.
      • She was excited, but couldn't manage a happy tone of voice to express it.
      • I didn't know what that meant exactly, but her tone signaled the end of the discussion.
      • The tone of voice in the transcripts is revealing.
      • ‘That was how our grandfathers and father lived - those are our rules,’ says one man in a firm tone of voice.
      • The playing throughout is crisp, featuring beautiful, full, round tones and distinct single note lines.
      • I could see some of the excitement drain out of her expression and her tone of voice changed.
      • She also sings rather well, with a husky, sensual tone hinting at a passion lurking under all those crinolines.
      • She is blessed with the cool, crystalline tone so characteristic of Scandinavian singers.
      • Kevin and Faith were not far from him speaking in hushed tones.
      • Keeping track of your tone of voice, volume and inflection is also a good idea.
      • Violinist Adela Pena played with a penetrating tone and trenchant musicality.
      • Without the facial expressions and tone of voice that play so great a part in human communication, comments may become at best ambiguous, at worst offensive.
      • I couldn't hear the sarcastic tone in her voice and I felt jealousy rising in me.
      • Try changing your tone of voice to break the pattern.
      • ‘I'm turning into a bit of a dragon,’ she says, in a tone of voice that could hardly be less dragon-like.
      • But they soon learned the distinctive sound of each engine and found the familiar tones of the passing traffic a comfort rather than a disturbance.
      • Despite the dismissive tone of voice, a serious expression crossed her face.
      • Her voice held a tone of finality that signaled the end of the discussion.

    • 1.2tones plural

      (sound) sonido masculine
      (voice) voz feminine

    • 1.3Linguistics

      (rising) tono ascendente masculine
      (falling) tono descendente masculine
      • In English, these tones suggest finality, the fall frequently occurring at the end of a statement, the rise at the end of a yes-no question.
      • Chinese pronunciation involves four tones, each indicated by a tone mark.
      • Every syllable has an associated tone or pitch - high, low, medium, falling, rising, or whatever.
      • Hmong is monosyllabic and tonal, meaning that it consists mainly of one-syllable words and that the tone of a word affects meaning.
      • Its lingua franca is Cantonese, a dialect that has six tones compared to the four tones of standard mandarin Chinese.
      • Ethnic Liberian languages usually contain two or three distinct tones, based on pitch, which indicate semantic or grammatical differences.

    • 1.4Telecommunications

      señal (sonora) feminine
      • The harsh tone of the telephone disrupts my slumber.
      • It took at least three tones before someone answered.
      • I make sure the volume on my beep tone is always turned up as high as it will go.
      • The telephone beside Andrew rang, and he answered after a single tone.
      • She quickly dialled Izzy's Scottish number but was answered by a busy tone.
      • His mobile telephone rang with a tone indicating he was in Spain but was switched off without a word being said.

  • 2

    tono masculine
    tonalidad feminine
    • The walls, adjustable lighting and curtains are all in warm colour tones to ease anxiety.
    • Light pink gets lost next to the yellow and dark pink is too close in tone to the red.
    • The palette also includes colours inspired by skin tones: blush, flesh, coffee, caramel, nut and cinnamon.
    • Other than delicate pink flesh tones, heavenly shades of blue predominate, accented with green and white.
    • The temperature is just right, there's a clear scent in the air, and the colours and tones of the falling leaves is absolutely beautiful to me.
    • Extraordinarily subtle gradations of hue and tone at the perimeters heighten the ethereal appearance of the whole.
    • The neck is longer and more elegant, the underglaze blue cobalt lighter and purer in tone, and the porcelain itself whiter and with fewer occlusions.
    • No matter what the bright colours, whether orange, sweet pink tones, neutral colours or just black and white, they will all be widely seen.
    • His visible brushstrokes in the foreground and creamy subdued tones interspersed with bright oranges and red hues are very seductive.
    • We often take color for granted, not bothering to notice the subtle hues, tones and intensities that surround us.
    • John finds that artist pencils allow him to better express his artistic creativity than the brush because of the aspect of detail and layers of tone and texture which can be obtained.
    • Her trademark knitwear combines earthy tones with vivid colourful trims.
    • A student of the subject at A-Level, he favours a mixture of painting and printing techniques, and his pictures suggest a preference for modern art as well as earthy colours and tones.
    • Their neutral tone will balance the bright hues of the coolest polo shirts of the season, and offset your trendy jeans.
    • The paintings seem at first to be sombre in tone, coloured mostly by umbers and sepia-like hues.
    • The drawing is notable for its wonderful use of soft pencil, which permits fine gradations of tone and texture.
    • Alternate different tones of green to prevent them from becoming completely camouflaged.
    • I enjoy the search for new shades of established colours, and I look forward to merging them with my base tones and creating a different vision of how I perceive things to be.
    • After the war his painting lost much of its intensity, with pastel tones replacing the bold, sometimes harsh colours he had earlier used.
    • Building on continental lessons, he developed a technique of using thin washes of colour in muted tones to create an impression of transparency.
  • 3

    • 3.1(mood, style)

      tono masculine
      the tone of the speech/article el tono del discurso/artículo
      • to set the tone marcar la pauta
      • the tone of the market la tónica / tendencia del mercado
      • Excessively muted in tone and atmosphere, they seem remote now, as if filtered through gauze.
      • I would agree wholeheartedly with the general tone of the article.
      • He uses everything at his disposal to maintain a moody, atmospheric tone.
      • The lack of a clear atmosphere or tone turns what could have been passionate into just passable.
      • A couple of moments might make you jump but overall it's a promise the film just can't keep as tension quickly fades into a tone of general monotony.
      • She'd written most of the lyrics, and it was surprising that he'd caught on about the general tone of the piece.
      • The show seemed oddly just a little light in tone, at least relative to the general tone of the series.
      • Despite the modern setting, the films are Victorian in tone and atmosphere.
      • Though he makes some brief excursions into consciously literary forms, the overall tone of his writing is terse, colloquial, practical, laconic.
      • The general tone of this album is quite serious, heavily laden with food-for-thought political rants.
      • The general tone of the piece was quite positive.
      • Interesting images are available through this gateway, and although the content varies from provider to provider, the general tone is one of intelligent, critical inquiry.
      • Computers crash, characters bicker, and the general tone of the series is somewhat grim, with occasional bursts of humor.
      • Nonetheless, I found the general tone of the film to be inspirational rather than offensive.
      • That has been the general tone of media reporting of the affair.
      • Throughout all of this, the emphasis is on atmosphere and tone.
      • However, I take exception to the general tone of his letter.
      • I'm also a little stunned by the tone of the piece.
      • I am most happy with the fact that the general tone of your newspaper is moderate and very optimistic.
      • The general tone of the piece is cynical, morbid and unpleasantly other-worldly.

    • 3.2(standard, level)

      nivel masculine

  • 4

    (of muscle)
    tono (muscular) masculine
    exercise helps keep your body in tone el ejercicio te ayuda a mantener el tono muscular
    • These children tend to be underweight and emaciated, with decreased muscle tone.
    • Other infants may develop low muscle tone, seizures, heart failure and coma, often following an illness.
    • The electroencephalogram, eye movements, and muscle tone are monitored.
    • Physical exercise also is encouraged to assist in weight reduction and increase muscle tone.
    • Babies with achondroplasia have poor muscle tone, often leading to delays in learning to sit, stand and walk.
    • Physical boosts in endurance, muscle tone, body composition and blood flow can all improve sexual functioning.
    • Walker is intent on maintaining muscle tone in his lower body.
    • Staying active will help to maintain muscle tone and function.
    • The Apgar score was based on heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, reflex irritability, and skin color.
    • With that low activity level, they are likely to lose muscle tone throughout their body.
    • Many signs are noticeable at birth, such as low muscle tone, small nose, short fingers, and flexible joints.
    • Drinking water also helps maintain proper muscle tone, which aids muscle contraction.
    • Tetanus causes increased muscle tone and spasms especially in the neck and jaw muscles.
    • This program consisted of ambulation with portable oxygen and arm exercises to maintain muscle tone.
    • These children should be followed closely from birth and their development and muscle tone should be evaluated on a periodic basis.
    • His muscle tone was mildly low but within the reference range.
    • I agree with him that upper airway muscle tone is decreased during sleep and is an important component of obstructive sleep apnea.
    • Norepinephrine and serotonin are involved in the loss of muscle tone during REM sleep.
    • His muscle tone is normal for gestational age and response to stimulation is good.
    • They improve muscle tone, circulation and physiological efficiency and build up strength, stamina and flexibility.
  • 5

    • 5.1Music

      tono masculine
      • Ideally, I try to warm-up to a tone or two above the performance's highest note.
      • At the climax of the third chant, she so subdivides her forces that eventually, all twelve tones of the chromatic scale are encompassed.
      • He uses this music to introduce octaves, accented rhythms, a whole tone scale and a continuous cross-hand pattern.
      • The Hellenistic mind of the Byzantines allowed musicians to draw systems of tones from the music of ancient Greece.
      • For example, a rising whole tone interval is mirrored by a falling whole tone interval.

    • 5.2US Music

      nota feminine

intransitive verb

to tone with

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    combinar con
    armonizar con

transitive verb

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    • It seemed like every muscle in her body was perfectly toned and tanned, and she looked amazing.
    • Kata training is great for defense, raising your level of fitness, toning your body muscles and releasing those dangerously high levels of stress.
    • Walking, cycling and swimming, especially breaststroke, also work your bottom muscles and tone up your thighs.
    • Bitter herbs also tone the smooth muscles in your gastrointestinal tract.
    • Here's how to tone your body in all the right places.
    • They find that the hip movements are beneficial - they strengthen and tone the body.
    • It is also great for toning your upper body, arms and leg muscles.
    • It strengthens and tones your muscles, raises your body's metabolism and knocks up to six inches off your waist, hips and stomach measurement in a single session
    • Pilates has been hailed as the best overall exercise for toning your body and freeing your mind.
    • When you feel how much this strengthens and tones your lower body, especially your glutes and thighs, you'll be in an even better mood.
    • It tones up the muscles of the face and improves facial expressions.
    • It tones the entire body while strengthening the cardiovascular system.
    • It stretches and tones up just about every muscle in the body.
    • This will stretch and tone the arm muscles, while loosening the back and shoulder muscles.
    • They're not heavy enough to strengthen and tone your muscles, and they won't do much to boost the intensity of your cardio workouts, either.
    • Jeff tones up his clients' muscles with some regular gentle weight-lifting.
    • The backstroke is ideal for toning the upper body, while the breast stroke works those hard-to-tone inner thighs.
    • The goal is to strengthen and tone muscles while improving balance, coordination, core strength and body awareness.
    • It depends on the individual, on how confident they feel and how toned their body is.
    • A great glute and thigh strengthener, this exercise tones the abs and lower back muscles in a highly original way.
  • 2

    • Below is the same test strip reduced in iodine reducer and toned in three different toners.
    • With the toner used at full strength, the print should be fully toned in about six to eight minutes.
    • Unlike selenium, which selectively tones the low values first, gold toners tend to affect the entire image at once.
    • Sepia toning originally was developed to extend the archival life of early black-and-white silver-based prints.
    • The print is then toned in sulphide or selenium and often hand coloured with oil paints to create the final result.