• 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.
    • a Half-tone häf"tōn` (Photo-engraving) Having, consisting of, or pertaining to, half tones;
    • Half-tone the etched plate used to reproduce a half-tone illustration.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n half-tone Same as half-tint.
    • n half-tone See semitone.
    • n half-tone A picture printed from a plateproduced by the half-tone process (which see), or the plate itself.
    • half-tone Noting a print or plate, produced by the half-tone process. See above.
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In literature:

Why, b'y, they weighs half a tone apiece!
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
I suggested in a subdued tone that the concert began in half an hour.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
Then in firm tones, he commanded a half-right turn and a quick march.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
He had seen that half defiant smile of comradeship, and his tone was not nice.
"The Treasure Trail" by Marah Ellis Ryan
In tone it is half way between Shelley and Keats, neither so ideal as the one nor so sensuous as the other.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 1 July 1848" by Various
I develop, print, tone, and all the rest of it; that's half the fun.
"" by E.W. Hornung
Arabic is normally spoken about half an octave above the normal tone used for English.
"Hanging by a Thread" by Gordon Randall Garrett
There are no half tones, no subtle interblending of different currents of thought.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Then she half turned, and said "Good-night" in a softer tone.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
He did not feel all or half that the tone, air, glance of the speaker expressed.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
A cry, half-human in its tone, brought an avalanche of figures scurrying forth.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
But his half-jocular tone fell on ears attuned to serious matters.
"The Auto Boys' Mystery" by James A. Braden
It was a phrase of song, a wandering strain in half tones and fluted accidentals, not unmelodious.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
To hear the lazy, drowsy tone of the talk, broken by many a half-suppressed yawn?
"Sir Jasper Carew His Life and Experience" by Charles James Lever
Then we had not the photogravure and the half-tone and the other processes that make our magazines beautiful.
"Literature in the Making" by Various
The assemblage divided itself into half a dozen groups, each talking in a low tone of the prospects.
"Marching on Niagara" by Edward Stratemeyer
When she raised her lids the colors seemed to have settled into harmonious half-tones.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
In making drawings for reproduction by means of the half-tone process, there are a few general points to which attention should be paid.
"The Essentials of Illustration" by T. G. (Thomas George) Hill
At last she spoke in a low tone, half questioning, half entreating.
"Success and How He Won It" by E. Werner
It is called half-tone process because half of the tones or shadows are preserved, the other half being stenciled out.
"The Progress of Invention in the Nineteenth Century." by Edward W. Byrn

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
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
We are going OUT. You know the pitch of the word,
Probing the tone of thought as it comes through fog
And reaches by devious means (half-smelt, half-heard)
The four-legged brain of a walk-ecstatic dog.
"Dog" by Harold Monro
I might have been a worker, but I'm nothing but a drone.
I tell my idle stories in a philosophic tone.
In a fuzzy, spiny mantle of remoteness softly furled
I lie and watch with half-shut eyes the stupefying world.
"The Drone" by Gamaliel Bradford
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

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.

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