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  6  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Sensible  \Sen"si*ble\,  a.  [F.,  fr  L.  sensibilis  fr  sensus 
  1.  Capable  of  being  perceived  by  the  senses  apprehensible 
  through  the  bodily  organs;  hence  also  perceptible  to  the 
  mind;  making  an  impression  upon  the  sense  reason,  or 
  understanding;  ??????  heat;  sensible  resistance. 
  Air  is  sensible  to  the  touch  by  its  motion. 
  The  disgrace  was  more  sensible  than  the  pain.  --Sir 
  W.  Temple. 
  Any  very  sensible  effect  upon  the  prices  of  things 
  --A.  Smith. 
  2.  Having  the  capacity  of  receiving  impressions  from  external 
  objects;  capable  of  perceiving  by  the  instrumentality  of 
  the  proper  organs;  liable  to  be  affected  physsically  or 
  mentally;  impressible. 
  Would  your  cambric  were  sensible  as  your  finger. 
  3.  Hence:  Liable  to  impression  from  without  easily  affected; 
  having  nice  perception  or  acute  feeling;  sensitive;  also 
  readily  moved  or  affected  by  natural  agents;  delicate;  as 
  a  sensible  thermometer.  ``With  affection  wondrous 
  sensible.''  --Shak. 
  4.  Perceiving  or  having  perception,  either  by  the  senses  or 
  the  mind;  cognizant;  perceiving  so  clearly  as  to  be 
  convinced;  satisfied;  persuaded. 
  He  [man]  can  not  think  at  any  time,  waking  or 
  sleeping,  without  being  sensible  of  it  --Locke. 
  They  are  now  sensible  it  would  have  been  better  to 
  comply  than  to  refuse.  --Addison. 
  5.  Having  moral  perception;  capable  of  being  affected  by 
  moral  good  or  evil. 
  6.  Possessing  or  containing  sense  or  reason;  giftedwith  or 
  characterized  by  good  or  common  sense  intelligent;  wise. 
  Now  a  sensible  man,  by  and  by  a  fool.  --Shak. 
  {Sensible  note}  or  {tone}  (Mus.),  the  major  seventh  note  of 
  any  scale;  --  so  called  because  being  but  a  half  step 
  below  the  octave,  or  key  tone,  and  naturally  leading  up  to 
  that  it  makes  the  ear  sensible  of  its  approaching  sound. 
  Called  also  the  {leading  tone}. 
  {Sensible  horizon}.  See  {Horizon},  n.,  2. 
  a  . 
  Syn:  Intelligent;  wise. 
  Usage:  {Sensible},  {Intelligent}.  We  call  a  man  sensible 
  whose  judgments  and  conduct  are  marked  and  governed  by 
  sound  judgment  or  good  common  semse.  We  call  one 
  intelligent  who  is  quick  and  clear  in  his 
  understanding,  i.  e.,  who  discriminates  readily  and 
  nicely  in  respect  to  difficult  and  important 
  distinction.  The  sphere  of  the  sensible  man  lies  in 
  matters  of  practical  concern;  of  the  intelligent  man, 
  in  subjects  of  intellectual  interest.  ``I  have  been 
  tired  with  accounts  from  sensible  men,  furnished  with 
  matters  of  fact  which  have  happened  within  their  own 
  knowledge.''  --Addison.  ``Trace  out  numerous  footsteps 
  .  .  .  of  a  most  wise  and  intelligent  architect 
  throughout  all  this  stupendous  fabric.''  --Woodward. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tone  \Tone\,  n. 
  1.  (Physiol.)  Quality,  with  respect  to  attendant  feeling;  the 
  more  or  less  variable  complex  of  emotion  accompanying  and 
  characterizing  a  sensation  or  a  conceptual  state;  as 
  feeling  tone;  color  tone. 
  2.  Color  quality  proper;  --  called  also  {hue}.  Also  a 
  gradation  of  color,  either  a  hue,  or  a  tint  or  shade. 
  She  was  dressed  in  a  soft  cloth  of  a  gray  tone. 
  --Sir  G. 
  3.  (Plant  Physiol.)  The  condition  of  normal  balance  of  a 
  healthy  plant  in  its  relations  to  light,  heat,  and 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tone  \Tone\,  n.  [F.  ton,  L.  tonus  a  sound,  tone,  fr  Gr  ?  a 
  stretching,  straining,  raising  of  the  voice,  pitch,  accent, 
  measure  or  meter,  in  pl.,  modes  or  keys  differing  in  pitch; 
  akin  to  ?  to  stretch  or  strain.  See  {Thin},  and  cf 
  {Monotonous},  {Thunder},  {Ton}  fasion,{Tune}.] 
  1.  Sound,  or  the  character  of  a  sound,  or  a  sound  considered 
  as  of  this  or  that  character;  as  a  low  high,  loud, 
  grave,  acute,  sweet,  or  harsh  tone. 
  [Harmony  divine]  smooths  her  charming  tones. 
  Tones  that  with  seraph  hymns  might  blend.  --Keble. 
  2.  (Rhet.)  Accent,  or  inflection  or  modulation  of  the  voice, 
  as  adapted  to  express  emotion  or  passion. 
  Eager  his  tone,  and  ardent  were  his  eyes.  --Dryden. 
  3.  A  whining  style  of  speaking;  a  kind  of  mournful  or 
  artificial  strain  of  voice;  an  affected  speaking  with  a 
  measured  rhythm  ahd  a  regular  rise  and  fall  of  the  voice; 
  as  children  often  read  with  a  tone. 
  4.  (Mus.) 
  a  A  sound  considered  as  to  pitch;  as  the  seven  tones  of 
  the  octave;  she  has  good  high  tones. 
  b  The  larger  kind  of  interval  between  contiguous  sounds 
  in  the  diatonic  scale,  the  smaller  being  called  a 
  semitone  as  a  whole  tone  too  flat;  raise  it  a  tone. 
  c  The  peculiar  quality  of  sound  in  any  voice  or 
  instrument;  as  a  rich  tone,  a  reedy  tone. 
  d  A  mode  or  tune  or  plain  chant;  as  the  Gregorian 
  Note:  The  use  of  the  word  tone,  both  for  a  sound  and  for  the 
  interval  between  two  sounds  or  tones,  is  confusing,  but 
  is  common  --  almost  universal. 
  Note:  Nearly  every  musical  sound  is  composite,  consisting  of 
  several  simultaneous  tones  having  different  rates  of 
  vibration  according  to  fixed  laws,  which  depend  upon 
  the  nature  of  the  vibrating  body  and  the  mode  of 
  excitation.  The  components  (of  a  composite  sound)  are 
  called  partial  tones;  that  one  having  the  lowest  rate 
  of  vibration  is  the  fundamental  tone,  and  the  other 
  partial  tones  are  called  harmonics,  or  overtones.  The 
  vibration  ratios  of  the  partial  tones  composing  any 
  sound  are  expressed  by  all  or  by  a  part  of  the 
  numbers  in  the  series  1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  etc.;  and  the 
  quality  of  any  sound  (the  tone  color)  is  due  in  part  to 
  the  presence  or  absence  of  overtones  as  represented  in 
  this  series,  and  in  part  to  the  greater  or  less 
  intensity  of  those  present  as  compared  with  the 
  fundamental  tone  and  with  one  another.  Resultant  tones, 
  combination  tones,  summation  tones,  difference  tones, 
  Tartini's  tones  (terms  only  in  part  synonymous)  are 
  produced  by  the  simultaneous  sounding  of  two  or  more 
  primary  (simple  or  composite)  tones. 
  5.  (Med.)  That  state  of  a  body,  or  of  any  of  its  organs  or 
  parts  in  which  the  animal  functions  are  healthy  and 
  performed  with  due  vigor. 
  Note:  In  this  sense  the  word  is  metaphorically  applied  to 
  character  or  faculties,  intellectual  and  moral;  as  his 
  mind  has  lost  its  tone. 
  6.  (Physiol.)  Tonicity;  as  arterial  tone. 
  7.  State  of  mind;  temper;  mood. 
  The  strange  situation  I  am  in  and  the  melancholy 
  state  of  public  affairs,  .  .  .  drag  the  mind  down  . 
  .  .  from  a  philosophical  tone  or  temper,  to  the 
  drudgery  of  private  and  public  business. 
  Their  tone  was  dissatisfied,  almost  menacing.  --W. 
  C.  Bryant. 
  8.  Tenor;  character;  spirit;  drift;  as  the  tone  of  his 
  remarks  was  commendatory. 
  9.  General  or  prevailing  character  or  style,  as  of  morals, 
  manners,  or  sentiment,  in  reference  to  a  scale  of  high  and 
  low  as  a  low  tone  of  morals;  a  tone  of  elevated 
  sentiment;  a  courtly  tone  of  manners. 
  10.  The  general  effect  of  a  picture  produced  by  the 
  combination  of  light  and  shade,  together  with  color  in 
  the  case  of  a  painting;  --  commonly  used  in  a  favorable 
  sense  as  this  picture  has  tone. 
  {Tone  color}.  (Mus.)  see  the  Note  under  def.  4,  above. 
  {Tone  syllable},  an  accented  syllable.  --M.  Stuart. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tone  \Tone\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Toned};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  1.  To  utter  with  an  affected  tone. 
  2.  To  give  tone,  or  a  particular  tone,  to  to  tune.  See 
  {Tune},  v.  t. 
  3.  (Photog.)  To  bring  as  a  print,  to  a  certain  required 
  shade  of  color,  as  by  chemical  treatment. 
  {To  tone  down}. 
  a  To  cause  to  give  lower  tone  or  sound;  to  give  a  lower 
  tone  to 
  b  (Paint.)  To  modify,  as  color,  by  making  it  less 
  brilliant  or  less  crude;  to  modify,  as  a  composition 
  of  color,  by  making  it  more  harmonius. 
  Its  thousand  hues  toned  down  harmoniusly.  --C. 
  c  Fig.:  To  moderate  or  relax;  to  diminish  or  weaken  the 
  striking  characteristics  of  to  soften. 
  The  best  method  for  the  purpose  in  hand  was  to 
  employ  some  one  of  a  character  and  position 
  suited  to  get  possession  of  their  confidence, 
  and  then  use  it  to  tone  down  their  religious 
  strictures.  --Palfrey. 
  {To  tone  up},  to  cause  to  give  a  higher  tone  or  sound;  to 
  give  a  higher  tone  to  to  make  more  intense;  to  heighten; 
  to  strengthen. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  quality  of  a  person's  voice;  "he  began  in  a 
  conversational  tone";  "he  spoke  in  a  nervous  tone  of 
  voice"  [syn:  {tone  of  voice}] 
  2:  (linguistics)  a  pitch  or  change  in  pitch  of  the  voice  that 
  serves  to  distinguish  words  in  tonal  languages;  "the 
  Beijing  dialect  uses  four  tones" 
  3:  the  distinctive  property  of  a  complex  sound  (a  voice  or 
  noise  or  musical  sound);  "the  timbre  of  her  soprano  was 
  rich  and  lovely";  "the  muffled  tones  of  the  broken  bell 
  summoned  them  to  meet"  [syn:  {timbre},  {timber},  {quality}] 
  4:  the  general  atmosphere  of  a  place  or  situation;  "the  feel  of 
  the  city  excited  him";  "a  clergyman  improved  the  tone  of 
  the  meeting";  "it  had  the  smell  of  treason"  [syn:  {spirit}, 
  {feel},  {feeling},  {flavor},  {look},  {smell}] 
  5:  a  quality  of  a  given  color  that  differs  slightly  from  a 
  primary  color;  "after  several  trials  he  mixed  the  shade  of 
  pink  that  she  wanted"  [syn:  {shade},  {tint},  {tincture}] 
  6:  a  notation  representing  the  pitch  and  duration  of  a  musical 
  sound;  "the  singer  held  the  note  too  long"  [syn:  {note},  {musical 
  7:  a  steady  sound  without  overtones;  "they  tested  his  hearing 
  with  pure  tones  of  different  frequencies"  [syn:  {pure  tone}] 
  8:  the  elastic  tension  of  living  muscles,  arteries,  etc  that 
  facilitate  response  to  stimuli;  "the  doctor  tested  my 
  tonicity"  [syn:  {tonicity},  {tonus}]  [ant:  {atonicity}] 
  9:  a  musical  interval  of  two  semitones  [syn:  {whole  tone},  {step}, 
  {whole  step}] 
  10:  the  quality  of  something  (an  act  or  a  piece  of  writing)  that 
  reveals  the  attitudes  and  presuppositions  of  the  author; 
  "the  general  tone  of  articles  appearing  in  the  newspapers 
  is  that  the  government  should  withdraw";  "from  the  tone 
  of  her  behavior  I  gathered  that  I  had  outstayed  my 
  v  1:  change  the  color  or  tone  of 
  2:  change  to  a  color  image;  of  photography 
  3:  give  a  healthy  elasticity  to  "Let's  tone  our  muscles"  [syn: 
  {tone  up},  {strengthen}] 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 

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