intonate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v intonate recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm "The rabbi chanted a prayer"
    • v intonate speak carefully, as with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone "please intonate with sadness"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Intonate To modulate the voice in a musical, sonorous, and measured manner, as in reading the liturgy; to intone.
    • Intonate (Mus) To sound the tones of the musical scale; to practice the sol-fa.
    • v. i Intonate To thunder.
    • v. t Intonate To utter in a musical or sonorous manner; to chant; as, to intonate the liturgy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • intonate To thunder; make a rumbling noise.
    • intonate To intone.
    • intonate To sound the tones of the musical scale; practise solmization.
    • intonate To pronounce with a tone; intone; utter with a sonant vibration of the vocal cords.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Intonate in′ton-āt to sound forth: to sound the notes of a musical scale: to modulate the voice
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. intonatus, p. p. of intonare, to thunder, resound
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. intonāre, -ātum—L. in tonum, according to tone.

Usage

In literature:

He recalled many things that she had said to him, the sweet intonations of her voice, the little significant smiles that meant so much.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume IV (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
Degrees of motion corresponding with vocal intonation are only used rhetorically or for degrees of comparison.
"Sign Language Among North American Indians Compared With That Among Other Peoples And Deaf-Mutes" by Garrick Mallery
Her voice to me was so different from all I had ever heard before, as might be a sweet silver bell intoned to the small chords of a harp.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
He should also aim at a clear intonation, well chosen phraseology and correct accent.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
When the man finally broke the constrained silence a deeper intonation had crept into his voice.
"Bob Hampton of Placer" by Randall Parrish
By his intonation it became a question, and showed clearly the state of his mind.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
The intonation was hopeful, it suggested some slender and refined jealousy.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Her voice was delicious in colour and intonation, nor did it betray humble origin.
"Visionaries" by James Huneker
Her intonation went with them and her face, they lived on that.
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
At times, this undercurrent harmonized with the main current of intoning and chanting, but quite as often the discord was positively distressing.
"Russian Rambles" by Isabel F. Hapgood
Her voice too is exceedingly flexible, is fresh, pure and clear, her intonations are correct and her personality most attractive.
"For Every Music Lover" by Aubertine Woodward Moore
The bells intoned with them, and a sinking wind carried a lighter ripple against the house.
"Old Kaskaskia" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
It was these voiceless spectres of a voice long dead that stirred the transparent silence, intoning toneless tones.
"In Search of the Unknown" by Robert W. Chambers
The next moment he realised that he had heard the intonation of Miss Wycliffe's voice, or had imagined it.
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
Sitting on the porch in the Sabbath twilight beside Salome, Burr softly intoned his regret that in the morning he must part from her.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
Behind Mrs. Mallison's caressing intonations was something that perplexed her.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Her voice was neither harsh nor sweet; but her words and her intonation recalled vividly to Richard's mind the scene in the conservatory.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867." by Various
What a merciful Providence it is that Aunt Mary is at this moment intoning a response in the highest church in Scarborough!
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
Yes, I've got one," the girl went on, "though I do smear my face and grin at myself in the glass and practise my intonations.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
The emphasis, the pathetic intonation, touched every heart.
"Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams." by Josiah Quincy
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In poetry:

I see a thousand throngs,
To-morrows for them wait;
I hear a thousand songs
Intoning each one's fate.
""To-Morrows"" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Again to hear the wild anthem,
The intonations of the pines,
And all the mystic airs of them
A-soughing through the vast confines
Of Lauderdale is my delight.
"My Delight" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
``But you have heard and owned
The sound of my refrain,
Yet tentative and low.
Thus, poet, be intoned
Your own foreshadowing strain,
Trusting that some will know:
"A November Note" by Alfred Austin
I think that the wise men of Avebury
Are better left unborn;
I think that those who wrote runes on the stones,
Intoning at evening, labouring at dawn,
Knew this also.
"Avebury" by Dorothy Violet Wellesley
Thy children beloved intoned a new song
When Egypt's proud host found a watery grave,
There was praise from the saints in their jubilant throng
When the wheels of the chariots clogged in the wave.
"Passover Psalm" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Do you recognize these songs? You never sang them,
not quite with this intonation.
For you every morning brings its new light
warm through your open windows.
And you have the feeling from face to face
that tempts you to be indulgent.
"The Song Of The Blindman" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

Colin Firth was in town to promote his new film 'The King's Speech,' while Werner Herzog intoned about albino alligators in his 3-D film 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
If it's gonna be," Dan Rather used to intone, striding through the CBS newsroom, "it's up to me.
During a recent appearance on Meet the Press, House Speaker John Boehner offered up a pithy, two-word justification for draconian budget cuts: "We're broke," he intoned.
" "The board's rulings raise new questions about what the league knew, and when it knew it," intones...
For the first time since its now hazy origins eight years ago as the Intonation Music Festival, I had to miss the opening of festivities in Union Park on Friday because of a family obligation.
But Widowspeak strings together songs of wistful listlessness with lulling guitar riffs and the angelic intonations of vocalist Molly Hamilton.
"we will help uncover the mysteries of our ancestors," intones the rousing, theme-song'd video.
Take a bite of this gourmet ice cream - er, gelato, as the Bon Appetit folks would intone - and send your taste buds on a rocket-blast through the heavens.
"I am a fugitive slave," Smith solemnly intones.
"Billions of taxpayer dollars spent on green energy went to jobs in foreign countries," it intones.
PiL's John Lydon explains music as communication and why expression trumps intonation.
And at that time nobody had figured out the intonation on it.
"Take the kinks out of your mind," intoned Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), "instead of out of your hair.
"Every president inherits challenges," Freeman intones.
"I was in the winter of my life and the men I met along the way were my only summer," the singer intones.
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In science:

Assigning intonational features in synthesized spoken directions.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
Some intonational characteristics of discourse structure.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
Intonational features of local and global discourse structure.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
Now let’s talk about now: Identifying cue phrases intonationally.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
Towards a discourse-based model of English sentence intonation.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
House, 1990b] House, J. (1990b). A revised model for intonation for synthesis by rule.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
Contextually appropriate intonation in speech synthesis.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
Intonational phrasing: The case for recursive prosodic structure.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
Intonational invariants under changes in pitch range and length.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
Intonation and Phonetic Segmentation Using Hidden Markov Models.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
The meaning of intonational contours in the interpretation of discourse.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
The Phonology and Phonetics of English Intonation.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
Intonation as a guide to readers’ structuring of prose texts.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
The intonational disambiguation of indirect speech acts.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
On the interaction of word order and intonation: Some OV constructions in spanish.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning
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