Paint vs Tone - What's the difference?

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Paint is a synonym of tone.

As nouns the difference between paint and tone

is that paint is a substance that is applied as a liquid or paste, and dries into a solid coating that protects or adds color/colour to an object or surface to which it has been applied while tone is (music) a specific pitch.

As verbs the difference between paint and tone

is that paint is (transitive)  to apply paint to while tone is to give a particular tone to.

As a pronoun tone is

the one (of two).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia paint)


  • A substance that is applied as a liquid or paste, and dries into a solid coating that protects or adds color/colour to an object or surface to which it has been applied.
  • (in the plural) A set of containers or blocks of paint of different colors/colours, used for painting pictures.
  • * 2007 , Jesse Guthrie, Catherine's Addiction (page 116)
  • René went back into the kitchen and put a pot of coffee on, got out his paints and started on a new painting. He felt inspired.
  • (basketball, slang) The free-throw lane, construed with ''the''.
  • The Nimrods are strong on the outside, but not very good in the paint .
  • (uncountable, paintball, slang) Paintballs.
  • I am running low on paint for my marker.
  • (poker, slang) A face card (king, queen, or jack).
  • (computing, attributive) Graphics drawn using an input device, not scanned or generated.
  • * 1993 , Emil Ihrig, CorelDRAW! 4 made easy
  • It combines traditional paint capabilities with photograph enhancement features.
  • * 1998 , Kit Laybourne, The animation book: a complete guide to animated filmmaking
  • Computer paint software operates similarly but adds features that are delightfully familiar and useful to artists trained in traditional graphics materials.
  • * 2001 , Maureen Sprankle, Problem Solving for Information Processing
  • If using a paint package, you must specify the color before you draw the line or shape.

    Derived terms

    * face paint * finger paint * like watching paint dry * Paint / Paint Horse * paintbrush * paint job * war paint


    * Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523


    (en verb)
  • To apply paint to.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
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  • To apply in the manner that paint is applied.
  • To cover (something) with spots of colour, like paint.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • not painted with the crimson spots of blood
  • * (William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • Cuckoo buds of yellow hue / Do paint the meadows with delight.
  • To create (an image) with paints.
  • to paint a portrait or a landscape
  • To practise the art of painting pictures.
  • I've been painting since I was a young child.
  • (computing) To draw an element in a graphical user interface.
  • * 1991 , Ernest R Tello, Object-oriented Programming for Windows
  • Sent to a minimized window when the icon's background must be filled before it is painted .
  • (figuratively) To depict or portray.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • Disloyal? / The word is too good to paint out her wickedness.
  • * (Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • If folly grow romantic, I must paint it.
  • To color one's face by way of beautifying it.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • Let her paint an inch thick.
  • (transitive, military, slang) To direct a radar beam toward.
  • Derived terms

    * painted lady * painted trillium * painted vulture * painter * painting * paint oneself into a corner * paint out * paint the town red * paint with a broad brush * repaint


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    (wikipedia tone)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) ton, from (etyl)


    (en noun)
  • (music) A specific pitch.
  • (music) (in the diatonic scale ) An interval of a major second.
  • (music) (in a Gregorian chant ) A recitational melody.
  • The character of a sound, especially the timbre of an instrument or voice.
  • General character, mood, or trend.
  • Her rousing speech gave an upbeat tone to the rest of the evening.
  • (linguistics) The pitch of a word that distinguishes a difference in meaning, for example in Chinese.
  • (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 .
  • (literature) The manner in which speech or writing is expressed.
  • * W. C. Bryant
  • Their tone was dissatisfied, almost menacing.
  • (obsolete) State of mind; temper; mood.
  • * Bolingbroke
  • The strange situation I am in and the melancholy state of public affairs, from a philosophical tone or temper, to the drudgery of private and public business.
  • The shade or quality of a colour.
  • The favourable effect of a picture produced by the combination of light and shade, or of colours.
  • This picture has tone .
  • The definition and firmness of a muscle or organ. see also: tonus
  • (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.
  • (biology) Normal tension or responsiveness to stimuli.
  • Synonyms
    * (an interval of a major second ): whole tone
    Derived terms
    * dial tone * halftone * muscle tone * semitone * tonebar, tone bar * tone of voice


  • to give a particular tone to
  • to change the colour of
  • to make (something) firmer
  • to harmonize, especially in colour
  • To utter with an affected tone.
  • Synonyms
    * (give a particular tone to) * (change the colour of) color/colour, dye, paint, tint * (make firmer) firm, firm up, tone up * (harmonize) harmonise/harmonize * (utter with an affected tone)
    Derived terms
    * toned * tone down * toner * tone up * tony, toney (affected tone)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) tone, ton, toon, from the incorrect division of ; see also (l).


    (English Pronouns)
  • The one (of two).
  • *, Bk.X, Ch.lxiij:
  • *:So wythin the thirde day, there cam to the cité thes two brethirne: the tone hyght Sir Helyus and the other hyght Helake
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