tonic etymology

English word tonic comes from English tone, English -ic

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Detailed word origin of tonic

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
tone English (eng) (intransitive) to harmonize, especially in colour. (transitive) To utter with an affected tone.. (transitive) to change the colour of. (transitive) to give a particular tone to. (transitive) to make (something) firmer (now, _, dialectal) The one (of two). (biology) Normal tension or responsiveness to stimuli.. (biology) The state of a living body or of any of its organs or parts in which the [...]
-ic English (eng) (chemistry) Used to denote certain chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a higher oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ous. For example sulphuric acid (H₂SO₄) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H₂SO₃).. Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning “of or pertaining to”.
tonic English (eng) (music) Pertaining to or based upon the first note of a diatonic scale.. Of or relating to tones or sounds; specifically (phonetics, dated) being or relating to a speech sound made with tone unmixed and undimmed by obstruction, i.e. a vowel or diphthong.. Pertaining to the accent or stress in a word or in speech. (music) The first note of a diatonic scale; the keynote.. (music) The triad [...]

Words with the same origin as tonic

Descendants of tone
tony
Descendants of -ic
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