Half tone

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Half tone (Music) A half step.
    • Half tone A print obtained by the half-tone photo-engraving process.
    • Half tone (Fine Arts) An intermediate or middle tone in a painting, engraving, photograph, etc.; a middle tint, neither very dark nor very light.
    • Half tone the etched plate used to reproduce a half-tone illustration.
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Usage

In literature:

His tone was half jesting, half earnest.
"Unfinished Portraits" by Jennette Lee
As for the paternal tone, that's because for half a century the King was a Queen.
"General Bramble" by André Maurois
Even her skin tones were half-caste.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
Then, abruptly, the half-breed's manner softened, and he spoke in a different tone.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
Sitting about on the floor of the first compartment were more than half a hundred men, talking in low tones.
"The Boy Allies with the Cossacks" by Clair W. Hayes
With him vanished the sharp contrasts of hard lights, half-tones and shadows.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
It was just half past one o'clock when the sweet-toned bell in the Presbyterian Church steeple began to ring.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
The painting of the woman's right hand which she holds to her breast is delightful and so is the clear half-tone of her face.
"Artists Past and Present" by Elisabeth Luther Cary
Illustrated with Etchings and Wood Engravings, and with 32 Reproductions in half-tone.
"Titanic" by Filson Young
I mention it to show where "handwork" in the half-tone process first comes in.
"The Art of Illustration" by Henry Blackburn
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In poetry:

And if some tones be false or low,
What are all prayers beneath
But cries of babes, that cannot know
Half the deep thought they breathe?
"Cathchism" by John Keble
He put his hand within my own,
I felt his footsteps keep with mine;
He spoke and in his voice's tone
Were whispers that were half-divine.
"Grasmere" by Alexander Anderson
I know the rapture music gives,
Its mystery of ordered tones:
Dream-muffled soul, it loves and moans,
And, half-alive, comes in and lives.
"I Know What Beauty Is" by George MacDonald
With mankind, ever striving to work on,
Spurr'd on by needs and wants,
Not listening, half asleep, to some stray tone
For which the weak heart pants:
"In Tempe" by Alexander Anderson
Again, and once again, did I repeat the song;
"Nay," said I, "more than half to the damsel must belong,
For she looked with such a look and she spake with such a tone,
That I almost received her heart into my own."
"The Pet-Lamb" by William Wordsworth
Sunshine might we have been unto seed under soil, or have scattered
Seed to ascendant suns brighter than any that shone.
Even the limp-legged beggar a sick desperado has flattered
Back to a half-sloughed life cheered by the mere human tone.
"The Main Regret" by George Meredith

In news:

The tone was half Oprah Winfrey, half Nancy Reagan, but Mrs Romney had better keep the enthusiasm up.
Premiere film sets 'positive tone' for start of Bay City festival Hell's Half Mile Film fest.
While the state may have good reasons for toning down the Office of Medicaid Inspector General, a $54 billion program can't have half-hearted enforcement.
An exhibition of works from the artists at Jugtown Vinyl who participated in No Bones for Half Tones 2.
I ascribe much of the partisan tone of today's politics to two changes urged by the political scientists I studied in college nearly half a century ago.
Half a year after Katrina, the Times- Picayune has cultivated a new connection with readers, a tougher tone and a deeper purpose.
With nearly half of its items custom-made, this bubbletop has the two-toned twisted testosterone to take home the trophies.
The half-second tone is repeated every 3.5 seconds for approximately 45 seconds.
Our super-fast workout will get you twice as toned in less than half the time.
1909 Barber Half, PR67, PCGS, Golden Toning .
Half a dozen companies have a pair on the market and it seems people will pay anywhere from $20 to $250 for the promise of burning more calories, toning muscles, and smoothing cellulite.
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In science:

Among many possibilities, the most important scale is the diatonic scale, which is a seven-note or seven-tone (heptatonic), octave-repeating musical scale comprising five whole steps and two half steps in each octave.
Music in Terms of Science
In a seven-note scale, a scale step consisting of two semi-tone intervals is a whole tone or whole step whereas that of one semi-tone interval a half step.
Music in Terms of Science
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