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Meaning of TONIC

Pronunciation:  'tânik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a medicine that strengthens and invigorates
  2. [n]  (music) the first note of a diatonic scale
  3. [n]  a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring; "in New England they call sodas tonics"
  4. [n]  lime- or lemon-flavored carbonated water containing quinine
  5. [adj]  imparting vitality and energy; "the bracing mountain air"
  6. [adj]  used of syllables; "a tonic syllables carries the main stress in a word"
  7. [adj]  relating to or being the keynote of a major or minor scale; "tonic harmony"
  8. [adj]  employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words; "Chinese is a tonal language"
  9. [adj]  (physiology) of or relating to or producing normal tone or tonus in muscles or tissue; "a tonic reflex"; "tonic muscle contraction"

TONIC is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: accented, bracing, brisk, energising, energizing, fresh, invigorating, keynote, pop, quinine water, refreshful, refreshing, restorative, soda, soda pop, soda water, tonal, tonal, tonic water
 Antonyms: atonic, unaccented
 See Also: bracer, carbonated water, club soda, gin and tonic, medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine, musical note, note, pick-me-up, quinine, seltzer, soft drink, sparkling water, tone



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ton"ic\, a. (Med.)
    Characterized by continuous muscular contraction; as, tonic
  2. \Ton"ic\, a. [Cf. F. tonigue, Gr. ?. See {Tone}.]
    1. Of or relating to tones or sounds; specifically (Phon.),
       applied to, or distingshing, a speech sound made with tone
       unmixed and undimmed by obstruction, such sounds, namely,
       the vowels and diphthongs, being so called by Dr. James
       Rush (1833) `` from their forming the purest and most
       plastic material of intonation.''
    2. Of or pertaining to tension; increasing tension; hence,
       increasing strength; as, tonic power.
    3. (Med.) Increasing strength, or the tone of the animal
       system; obviating the effects of debility, and restoring
       healthy functions.
    {Tonic spasm}. (Med.) See the Note under {Spasm}.
  3. \Ton"ic\, n. [Cf. F. tonique, NL. tonicum.]
    1. (Phon.) A tonic element or letter; a vowel or a diphthong.
    2. (Mus.) The key tone, or first tone of any scale.
    3. (Med.) A medicine that increases the strength, and gives
       vigor of action to the system.
    {Tonic sol-fa} (Mus.), the name of the most popular among
       letter systems of notation (at least in England), based on
       key relationship, and hence called ``tonic.'' Instead of
       the five lines, clefs, signature, etc., of the usual
       notation, it employs letters and the syllables do, re, mi,
       etc., variously modified, with other simple signs of
       duration, of upper or lower octave, etc. See {Sol-fa}.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Medicinal preparations used to restore normal tone to tissues or to stimulate the appetite.