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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to tones, a tone, or tonality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to tones or tonality.
  • adj. Employing tones that have a predictable relationship to some tonic.
  • adj. Employing differences in pitch (tones) to distinguish differences in the meaning of otherwise similar words (words which would otherwise be homophonic).
  • n. An animal companion which accompanies a person from birth to death.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to muscular tonicity.
  • In music, of or pertaining to tones.
  • Pertaining to tonality: as, a tonal fugue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words
  • adj. having tonality; i.e. tones and chords organized in relation to one tone such as a keynote or tonic

Etymologies

tone +‎ -al (Wiktionary)
From Nahuatl tōnalli ("day, day sign") (Wiktionary)

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