a.1.(Phon.) Of or relating to tones or sounds; specifically (Phon.), applied to, or distingshing, a speech sound made with tone unmixed and undimmed by obstruction, such sounds, namely, the vowels and diphthongs, being so called by Dr. James Rush (1833) " from their forming the purest and most plastic material of intonation."
2.Of or pertaining to tension; increasing tension; hence, increasing strength; as, tonic power.
3.(Med.) Increasing strength, or the tone of the animal system; obviating the effects of debility, and restoring healthy functions.
4.(Med.) Characterized by continuous muscular contraction; as, tonic convulsions.
Tonic spasm
(Med.) See the Note under Spasm.
n.1.(Phon.) A tonic element or letter; a vowel or a diphthong.
2.(Mus.) The key tone, or first tone of any scale.
3.(Med.) A medicine that increases the strength, and gives vigor of action to the system.
Tonic sol-fa
(Mus.) the name of the most popular among letter systems of notation (at least in England), based on key relationship, and hence called "tonic." Instead of the five lines, clefs, signature, etc., of the usual notation, it employs letters and the syllables do, re, mi, etc., variously modified, with other simple signs of duration, of upper or lower octave, etc. See Sol-fa.
Noun1.tonic - lime- or lemon-flavored carbonated water containing quinine
2.tonic - a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring; "in New England they call sodas tonics"
3.tonic - (music) the first note of a diatonic scale
Synonyms: keynote
4.tonic - a medicine that strengthens and invigorates
Synonyms: restorative
Adj.1.tonic - of or relating to or producing normal tone or tonus in muscles or tissue; "a tonic reflex"; "tonic muscle contraction"
2.tonic - employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words; "Chinese is a tonal language"
Synonyms: tonal
3.tonic - used of syllables; "a tonic syllables carries the main stress in a word"
Synonyms: accented
unaccented, atonic - used of syllables; "an atonic syllable carries no stress"
4.tonic - relating to or being the keynote of a major or minor scale; "tonic harmony"
5.tonic - imparting vitality and energy; "the bracing mountain air"
accented, activating, activator, alcoholic drink, alveolar, analeptic, animating, animative, animator, apical, apico-alveolar, apico-dental, arouser, articulated, assimilated, astringent, back, barytone, beneficial, benign, beverage, bilabial, boost, bracer, bracing, brisk, broad, cacuminal, central, cerebral, checked, cheering, chromatic, close, consonant, consonantal, constitutional, continuant, cordial, corroborant, crisp, crispy, dental, dissimilated, dominant, dorsal, drink, drinkable, energizer, energizing, enharmonic, enlivening, enlivenment, exhilarating, exhilaration, exhilarative, flat, fortifying, fresh, front, frosted, frosted shake, glide, glossal, glottal, good, good for, guttural, hard, health-enhancing, health-preserving, healthful, healthy, heavy, high, human dynamo, hygeian, hygienic, intonated, invigorating, invigoration, invigorative, key, key signature, keynote, labial, labiodental, labiovelar, lateral, lax, life, light, lingual, liquid, liquor, low, major, major key, malt, mediant, mid, minor, monophthongal, motivating force, motive power, muted, narrow, nasal, nasalized, occlusive, open, oxytone, palatal, palatalized, pedal point, pharyngeal, pharyngealized, phonemic, phonetic, phonic, pick-me-up, pitch, pitched, pop, posttonic, potable, potation, quickening, reanimation, recreation, refection, refresher, refreshful, refreshing, refreshment, regale, regalement, regaling, reinvigoration, renewal, restorative, retroflex, revival, revivescence, revivescency, revivification, reviving, roborant, rounded, rousing, salubrious, salutary, sanitary, semitonic, semivowel, shake, sharp, soda, soda pop, soda water, soft, soft drink, sonant, spark plug, stimulant, stimulating, stimulation, stimulative, stimulator, stimulus, stopped, strengthening, stressed, strong, subdominant, submediant, subtonic, supertonic, surd, syllabic, tense, thick, throaty, tisane, tonal, tonality, tonic key, tonicity, tonus, twangy, unaccented, unrounded, unstressed, velar, viable, vitalizing, vitamin shot, vivification, vocalic, vocoid, voiced, voiceless, vowel, vowellike, weak, wholesome, wide, zestful, zesty
Translate Tonic to Spanish, Translate Tonic to German, Translate Tonic to French
tongueless frog
tonguing and grooving plane
Toni Morrison
-- Tonic --
tonic accent
tonic epilepsy
tonic key
Tonic sol-fa
tonic solfa
Tonic spasm
tonic water
Tonka bean
tonka bean tree
tonnage duty
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