Tone vs Viola - What's the difference?

tone | viola |

As nouns the difference between tone and viola

is that tone is (music) a specific pitch while viola is (music) a stringed instrument of the violin family, somewhat larger than a violin, played under the chin, and having a deeper tone or viola can be (botany) any of several flowering plants, of the genus viola , including the violets and pansies.

As a verb tone

is to give a particular tone to.

As a pronoun tone

is the one (of two).

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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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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) viola, from (etyl) viola (modern Occitan viula), from .


    (en noun)
  • (music) A stringed instrument of the violin family, somewhat larger than a violin, played under the chin, and having a deeper tone
  • (music) An organ stop having a similar tone
  • (music) A 10-string steel-string acoustic guitar, used in Brazilian folk music.
  • References

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (botany) Any of several flowering plants, of the genus Viola , including the violets and pansies.
  • References


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