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
I would probably "ground" the audience in tonal conventional music sounds during the real-world part of Zann and move them into atonal "out-there" sounds when that window opens (if I am recalling the story correctly).
Tonality and atonality (as syntaxes) may be anathema to one another, but the relationship between consonance and dissonance in tonal music is a defining characteristic of tonality.
When you hear someone use the word tonal to describe an outfit’s color scheme, they are referring to looks like this one.
When you consider that between Spanish, English and Arabic, well over half of the planet doesn't speak a tonal language, that puts Chinese at a serious competative disadvantage.
Project of a new system of arithmetic, weight, measure, and coins, proposed to be called the tonal system, with sixteen to the base.
Rather, they constitute an inexplicable wave of energy which the Toltecs called the tonal and the nagual.
One of the cleanest and most interesting re-appropriations I've seen recently with the notion of tonal achieving increasingly good results across the board.
But despite these several narrators and their widely differing stories, a kind of tonal monotony lies across the novel, which is devoid of the charming humor that leavened "The History of Love."
Plus it's about a guy who had this affinity for Hollywood movies and did all these impressions and stuff, which was great because I was able to infuse the film with that kind of tonal stuff which really ends up helping a movie just be more entertaining.
It's a common misconception that many Asian languages such as Chinese are ultimately handicapped relative to English because they are "tonal".