Tincture vs Tonic - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between tincture and tonic
is that tincture
is a pigment or other substance that colours or dyes while tonic
is a substance with medicinal properties intended to restore or invigorate or tonic
can be (music) the first note of a scale.
As a verb tincture
is to stain or impregnate (something) with colour.
As an adjective tonic is
(physics|pathology) pertaining to tension, especially of muscles or tonic
can be (music) pertaining to the keynote of a composition.
A pigment or other substance that colours or dyes.
A tint, or an added colour.
(heraldry) A colour or metal used in the depiction of a coat of arms.
An alcoholic extract of plant material, used as a medicine.
(humorous) A small alcoholic drink.
An essential characteristic.
* 1924 , ARISTOTLE. . Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Book 1, Part 6.
The finer and more volatile parts of a substance, separated by a solvent; an extract of a part of the substance of a body communicated to the solvent.
A slight taste superadded to any substance.
- for the earlier thinkers had no tincture of dialectic
A slight quality added to anything; a tinge.
* Alexander Pope
- a tincture of orange peel
- All manners take a tincture from our own.
- Every man had a slight tincture of soldiership, and scarcely any man more than a slight tincture.
to stain or impregnate (something) with colour
* tonick (obsolete)
From (etyl) . 17th century writers believed health to be derived from firmly stretched muscles, thus tonic''; the extension of ''tonic medicine appeared in the late 18th century.
(physics, pathology) Pertaining to tension, especially of muscles.
* 2009 , Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice , Vintage 2010, p. 316:
Restorative, curative or invigorating.
- Out in front and across the street, Doc noted half a dozen or so young men, not loitering or doing substances but poised and tonic , as if waiting for some standing order to take effect.
- The arrival of the new members had a tonic effect on the team.
A substance with medicinal properties intended to restore or invigorate.
(US, Northeastern US) Any of various carbonated, non-alcoholic beverages; soda pop.
(figuratively) Something that revitalises or reinvigorates.
- We used to brew a tonic from a particular kind of root.
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(music) Pertaining to the keynote of a composition.
Pertaining to the accent or stress in a word or in speech.
Of or relating to tones or sounds; specifically (phonetics, dated) being or relating to a speech sound made with tone unmixed and undimmed by obstruction, i.e. a vowel or diphthong.
(music) The first note of a scale.
(music) The triad built on the tonic note.
(phonetics) A tonic element or letter; a vowel or a diphthong.