Meaning of half tone

half' tone"

Pronunciation: [key]
— Music. Music.
  1. semitone.

half•tone

Pronunciation: (haf'tōn", häf'-), [key]
— n.
  1. Also called(in painting, drawing, graphics, photography, etc.) a value intermediate between light and dark.
    1. a process in which gradation of tone in an image is conveyed by first photographing the image through a screen to break up the continuous tones of the image into minute, closely spaced dots, then using the print obtained to produce a metal plate by photoengraving, and finally using the plate to reproduce the original image by letterpress or offset printing.
    2. the metal plate used in such a process.
    3. the print obtained in such a process. Cf. line cut.
—adj.
  1. pertaining to, using, used in, or produced by the halftone process: a halftone screen; a halftone print.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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