Meaning of tonic
Pronunciation: (ton'ik), [key]
- a medicine that invigorates or strengthens: a tonic of sulphur and molasses.
- anything invigorating physically, mentally, or morally: His cheerful greeting was a real tonic.
- See quinine water.
- the first degree of the scale; the keynote.
- soda pop.
- a tonic syllable or accent.
- pertaining to, maintaining, increasing, or restoring the tone or health of the body or an organ, as a medicine.
- invigorating physically, mentally, or morally.
- a tonic spasm.
- pertaining to tension, as of the muscles.
- marked by continued muscular tension:a tonic spasm.
- using differences in tone or pitch to distinguish between words that are otherwise phonemically identical: a tonic language.
- pertaining to tone or accent in speech.
- (of a syllable) bearing the principal stress or accent, usually accompanied by a change in pitch.
- a tonic chord.
- of or pertaining to a tone or tones.
- pertaining to or founded on the keynote, or first tone, of a musical scale:a tonic chord.
- a combining form occurring in adjectives that correspond to nouns ending in -tonia: catatonic.
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