from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An underlying or implied tendency or meaning; an undercurrent.
- n. A tone of low pitch or volume, especially of spoken sound.
- n. A pale or subdued color.
- n. A color applied under or seen through another color.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an auditory tone of low pitch or volume
- n. an implied meaning; an undercurrent
- n. a pale colour, or one seen underneath another colour
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A low or subdued tone or utterance; a tone less loud than usual.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In musical acoustics: Same as combinational tone (which see, under tone), One of a series of tones reckoned downward from a given tone in exactly the same way that the series of overtones or harmonics is reckoned upward. The interval from the given tone to the first undertone is an octave; to the second, an octave and a fifth;
- n. A low or subdued tone; a tone less forcible than is usual, as in speaking: as, to say something in an undertone.
- n. A state or degree of tone, as of the physical or mental faculties, below their usual condition. The color of a pigment when seen in very thin layers on a white or light-colored surface.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a quiet or hushed tone of voice
- n. a pale or subdued color
- n. a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning
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