tonal

adjective
ton·​al | \ ˈtō-nᵊl How to pronounce tonal (audio) \

Definition of tonal

1 : of or relating to tone, tonality, or tonicity
2 : having tonality

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Other Words from tonal

tonally \ ˈtō-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce tonally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of tonal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The story builds to a wrenching series of shifts and reversals — physical, emotional, tonal, musical. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Jessie Buckley soars in the crowd-pleaser ‘Wild Rose’," 4 July 2019 But the nostalgia is intangible, some tonal balance struck in a recipe that didn’t necessarily call for it. Nicole Blackwood, chicagotribune.com, "‘Grandma’s House’ open mic builds chosen family from poetry performance," 25 June 2019 Oliver, too, artfully finds tonal colors within the comic banter. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "How Billy Eichner and John Oliver help save the 'Lion King’ remake from itself," 23 July 2019 The story builds to a wrenching series of shifts and reversals — physical, emotional, tonal, musical. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Jessie Buckley soars in the crowd-pleaser ‘Wild Rose’," 4 July 2019 The September 11 attacks occurred during the run of Season 4 of S.A.T.C. Though the tragedy is addressed only obliquely, the show undergoes a tonal shift that reflects the maturation of both Carrie and the city. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 First-time feature helmer Tyburski, supported by Sarsgaard’s skillful turn, handles this tonal shift with aplomb, adding welcome tension and heft to this largely low-key affair. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘The Sound of Silence’ finds darkness in the aural world," 12 Sep. 2019 Other stretches, though, are poignant, wistful, and almost tonal, a reminder that Schoenberg never left his Viennese legacy behind. David Weininger, BostonGlobe.com, "Marvels from Schumann and Schoenberg at Marlboro Music Festival," 29 July 2019 The story builds to a wrenching series of shifts and reversals — physical, emotional, tonal, musical. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Jessie Buckley soars in the crowd-pleaser ‘Wild Rose’," 4 July 2019

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First Known Use of tonal

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of tonal was in 1776

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tonal

adjective
How to pronounce tonal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tonal

technical : of or relating to musical or color tones
music : having or based in a particular key

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