from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An agent, such as a medication, that restores or increases body tone.
- n. An invigorating, refreshing, or restorative agent or influence.
- n. See tonic water.
- n. Boston See soft drink.
- n. Music The first note of a diatonic scale; the keynote.
- n. Linguistics A tonic accent.
- adj. Producing or stimulating physical, mental, or emotional vigor.
- adj. Physiology Of, relating to, or producing tone or tonicity in muscles or tissue: a tonic reflex.
- adj. Medicine Characterized by continuous tension or contraction of muscles: a tonic convulsion or spasm.
- adj. Music Of or based on the keynote.
- adj. Stressed, as a syllable; accented.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to tension, especially of muscles.
- adj. Restorative, curative or invigorating.
- n. A drink intended to restore or invigorate.
- n. Tonic water.
- n. Any of various carbonated, non-alcoholic beverages; soda pop.
- n. Something that revitalises or reinvigorates.
- adj. Pertaining to the keynote of a composition.
- adj. Pertaining to the accent or stress in a word or in speech.
- n. The first note of a scale.
- n. The triad built on the tonic note.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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.”
- adj. Of or pertaining to tension; increasing tension; hence, increasing strength.
- adj. Increasing strength, or the tone of the animal system; obviating the effects of debility, and restoring healthy functions.
- adj. Characterized by continuous muscular contraction.
- n. A tonic element or letter; a vowel or a diphthong.
- n. The key tone, or first tone of any scale.
- n. A medicine that increases the strength, and gives vigor of action to the system.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by distinctive tones. Same as toned, 2. See tone, 15.
- Of or relating to tones or musical sounds.
- Specifically, in music, of or pertaining to, or founded on, the key-note or tonic.
- Of or pertaining to tension; increasing tension.
- In medicine, increasing the strength or tone of the animal system; obviating the effects of weakness or debility, and restoring healthy functions; hence, bracing or invigorating to the mental or the moral nature.
- n. In medicine, any remedy which improves the tone or vigor of the fibers of the stomach and bowels, or of the muscular fibers generally.
- n. In music, same as key-note. See also key, 7 .
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring
- n. lime- or lemon-flavored carbonated water containing quinine
- adj. imparting vitality and energy
- adj. employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words
- adj. used of syllables
- adj. relating to or being the keynote of a major or minor scale
- n. a medicine that strengthens and invigorates
- adj. of or relating to or producing normal tone or tonus in muscles or tissue
- n. (music) the first note of a diatonic scale
New Latin tonicus, of tension or tone, from Greek tonikos, capable of extension, from tonos, a stretching, tone; see tone.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek τονικός, from τόνος. 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. (Wiktionary)