tonic

noun
ton·​ic | \ ˈtä-nik How to pronounce tonic (audio) \

Definition of tonic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from tonic

Adjective

tonically \ ˈtä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce tonic (audio) \ 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 The post-Oscars timing made the overriding niceness, which otherwise could have felt toothless, feel like a tonic. Chris Willman, Variety, 4 Apr. 2022 Jeng’s three canned nonalcoholic cocktails — which mimic a paloma, a gin and tonic and a Moscow mule — are another way to moderate at the tailgate. Josh Noel, Chicago Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 This juice has lingering acidity, feels oily smooth in the mouth and includes flavors of gin and tonic, tropical fruits and slight nuttiness. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 24 July 2022 Tonic water is most famous for its use in gin and tonic, while club soda is used in drinks like a mojito or a Tom Collins, according to MasterClass. Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 20 July 2022 Fan favorites Our gin is citrus forward, a beautiful gin that makes an amazing gin and tonic and a great martini. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2022 The charming blue flowers have a cucumber-y flavor and are amazing floated in lemonade and cocktails such as a gin and tonic. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 14 June 2022 Add the tonic into the shaker and pour it all into glass. New York Times, 24 July 2022 The message is universal: the magic tonic of personal resilience will get you through. Kate Cooper, Forbes, 27 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Expect an activation from The Emerald Cup paying homage to winners from the recent Emerald Cup Awards, a tonic bar from Space Gems, and a wellness and movement schedule by Lucky Box Club. Lindsey Bartlett, Forbes, 12 July 2022 His plays are a tonic reminder to artists across disciplines that lives are lived not in headlines but in passing moments. Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2022 Guests would take the service elevator to the spa area, where Turkish-style shampoos and showers or a tonic bath cost $1.50 (roughly $25 today). Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 And sure enough, his muscular, lucid prose had a tonic effect, giving me encouragement if not wisdom. John R. Macarthur, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 Keep in mind that the period after a tonic-clonic seizure can be nearly as intense for someone as the seizure itself. Patti Greco, Health.com, 17 Nov. 2021 Luhan’s faith in the tonic properties of indigenous life. Rebecca Panovka, The New Yorker, 2 June 2021 Make the tonic syrup by simmering all ingredients (except sugar) in a saucepan on low for 30 minutes; strain. Megan Murphy, Robb Report, 21 Apr. 2021 Bexar Tonics bottles a variety of tonic syrups flavored with quinine — the ingredient that gives tonic water its characteristic bitter bite — among other fruits, spices and botanicals that give each sip a distinctive South Texas flair. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, 15 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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22 Sep 2022

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More Definitions for tonic

tonic

noun
ton·​ic | \ ˈtä-nik How to pronounce tonic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce tonic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce tonic (audio) \ adverb

tonic

noun

Medical Definition of tonic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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