from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having, consisting of, or pertaining to, half tones
  • n. An intermediate or middle tone in a painting, engraving, photograph, etc.; a middle tint, neither very dark nor very light.
  • n. A half step.
  • n. A print obtained by the half-tone photo-engraving process.
  • n. the etched plate used to reproduce a half-tone illustration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A picture printed from a plateproduced by the half-tone process (which see), or the plate itself.
  • Noting a print or plate, produced by the half-tone process. See above.
  • n. Same as half-tint.
  • n. See semitone.

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

  • n. a print obtained from photoengraving
  • n. an engraving used to reproduce an illustration


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  • Which means taking a small, often insignificant detail, and treating enlarging those art-historical images just like a photograph—that's why you see the half-tone dots.

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  • The fretting hand sought half-tone increments lost in the dreams of reason—

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  • Look at that single color half-tone screened thermographic packaging!

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  • For this reason, and this alone, I venture to write again on themes on which great souls have already said greater words, in the hope that I may strike here and there a half-tone, newer even if slighter, up from the heart of my problem and the problems of my people.


  • The fridge was rumbling, deep and steady, a half-tone lower than the ventilation unit on the roof of the next building.

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  • The moon was full; she could see every detail of the street, the apartment blocks, the row of shops and Laundromats with steel grates pulled over the doors; at night, all the colors washed out to various degrees of half-tone shading.

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  • The pigment was then artificially aged by heating the cloth in an oven and washing it, a process which removed it from the surface but left a fuzzy, half-tone image similar to that on the Shroud.

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  • Its rollers zipped the stories, headlines, and half-tone photos through as the wax was laid down.

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  • This first version of the work included segments specifically concerning Christmas that were later removed in a revision where Bach transposed the work down a half-tone from E-flat to D. Labadie chose to perform a hybrid version, still in D, but with the Christmas segments left intact.

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