tonic

noun
ton·ic | \ ˈtä-nik \

Definition of tonic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : tonic water

b : an agent (such as a drug) that increases body tone

c : one that invigorates, restores, refreshes, or stimulates a day in the country was a tonic for him

d : a liquid preparation for the scalp or hair

e chiefly New England : a carbonated flavored beverage

2 : the first tone of a major or minor scale : keynote

3 : a voiced sound

tonic

adjective

Definition of tonic (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : characterized by tonus tonic contraction of muscle also : marked by prolonged muscular contraction tonic convulsions

b : producing or adapted to produce healthy muscular condition and reaction of organs (such as muscles)

2a : increasing or restoring physical or mental tone : refreshing

b : yielding a tonic substance

3 : relating to or based on the first tone of a scale tonic harmony

4 of a syllable : bearing a principal stress or accent

5 : of or relating to speech tones or to languages using them to distinguish words otherwise identical

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Other words from tonic

Adjective

tonically \ˈtä-ni-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of tonic in a Sentence

Adjective

breathe in clear tonic mountain air never underestimate the tonic power of humor on a sick person

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That's why an approach that is poison to a good chunk of the political and media world could be a bracing tonic for the president's supporters in the midterms. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Backlash against border policy grows, but furor could help Trump in midterms," 20 June 2018 In 2016, a record 20.5 million Americans, three-quarters of them women, did direct sales of everything from cosmetics to jewelry to health tonics, according to the trade group Direct Selling Association, racking up $35.54 billion in sales. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Selling bras like Tupperware: Ruby Ribbon reshapes direct sales," 8 June 2018 According to the report, Hight ordered two gin and tonic at 2:39 p.m. at The Local Public House on September 10 and then left. CBS News, "Plano mass shooting: Chilling report reveals bartenders' actions before massacre," 8 June 2018 According to records, Vernor had been experimenting with a stomach calming tonic of vanilla, spices and ginger in 1862. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Nearly 100-year-old bottle of Vernor's found in Detroit home," 5 June 2018 Too warm for wool, so break out the tonic and limes. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "My salute to May, a month of mothers, milestones and stuffed mushrooms," 11 May 2018 Image Summer is gin’s moment, as the spirit has an essential place in long coolers like Tom Collins and gin and tonic. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A New Book Gins Up Answers," 9 July 2018 Ultrarunner Max King: Smoky Gin and Tonic Max King lives in the craft-beer paradise of Bend, Oregon, but his summer cocktail of choice is a slight spin on the gin and tonic. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "The Best Summer Cocktails," 27 June 2018 The shop also will sell items such as tonics, bar tools including shakers and jiggers, cocktail books and company T-shirts. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bittercube, moving to the west side, will gain a bar, store and bigger production area," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While tonic water and club soda are better suited to cocktails, sparkling or seltzer water makes a refreshing sip on its own. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste-Off: The best flavored seltzers — and the duds," 13 Feb. 2017 The Tonic Tavern: Third Coast Blues with Alex & Marc Wilson and Andrew & Kurt Koenig, 4-7 p.m. July 2, 2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your weekly entertainment calendar, June 30-July 6," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of tonic

Noun

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tonic

Adjective

Greek tonikos, from tonos tension, tone

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Dictionary Entries near tonic

tonguey

tonguiness

-tonia

tonic

tonic accent

tonical

tonicity

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The first known use of tonic was in 1649

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tonic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tonic

: a type of water that has bubbles in it, has a bitter taste, and is often used in alcoholic drinks

: something that makes you feel healthier and more relaxed

: a medicine that brings you back to a normal physical or mental condition

tonic

noun
ton·ic | \ ˈtä-nik \

Kids Definition of tonic

1 : a medicine or preparation for improving the strength or health of mind or body

2 : soda pop

Hint: This sense of tonic is used mostly in New England.

3 : the first note of a scale

tonic

adjective
ton·ic | \ ˈtän-ik \

Medical Definition of tonic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : characterized by tonus tonic contraction of muscle also : marked by or being prolonged muscular contraction tonic convulsions

b : producing or adapted to produce healthy muscular condition and reaction of organs (as muscles)

2a : increasing or restoring physical or mental tone

b : yielding a tonic substance

Other words from tonic

tonically \ˈtän-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

tonic

noun

Medical Definition of tonic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an agent (as a drug) that increases body tone

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