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tonic

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noun ton·ic \ˈtä-nik\

Definition of tonic

  1. 1a :  tonic waterb :  an agent (such as a drug) that increases body tonec :  one that invigorates, restores, refreshes, or stimulates a day in the country was a tonic for himd :  a liquid preparation for the scalp or haire chiefly New England :  a carbonated flavored beverage

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

  3. 3 :  a voiced sound

Examples of tonic in a Sentence

  1. breathe in clear tonic mountain air

  2. never underestimate the tonic power of humor on a sick person

First Known Use of tonic

1797


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tonic

adjective ton·ic

Definition of tonic

  1. 1a :  characterized by tonus tonic contraction of muscle; also :  marked by prolonged muscular contraction tonic convulsionsb :  producing or adapted to produce healthy muscular condition and reaction of organs (such as muscles)

  2. 2a :  increasing or restoring physical or mental tone :  refreshingb :  yielding a tonic substance

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

  4. 4 of a syllable :  bearing a principal stress or accent

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

tonically

play \ˈtä-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of tonic

Greek tonikos, from tonos tension, tone


TONIC Defined for English Language Learners

tonic

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Definition of tonic for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

tonic

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noun ton·ic \ˈtä-nik\

Definition of tonic for Students

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

  2. 2 :  soda pop Hint: This sense of tonic is used mostly in New England.

  3. 3 :  the first note of a scale


Medical Dictionary

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tonic

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adjective ton·ic \ˈtän-ik\

Medical Definition of tonic

  1. 1a:  characterized by tonus tonic contraction of muscle; also :  marked by or being prolonged muscular contraction tonic convulsionsb:  producing or adapted to produce healthy muscular condition and reaction of organs (as muscles)

  2. 2a:  increasing or restoring physical or mental toneb:  yielding a tonic substance

tonically

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tonic

noun ton·ic

Medical Definition of tonic

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



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