Definition of "tonic" []

  • An agent, such as a medication, that restores or increases body tone. (noun)
  • An invigorating, refreshing, or restorative agent or influence. (noun)
  • See tonic water. (noun)
  • Boston See soft drink. (noun)
  • Music The first note of a diatonic scale; the keynote. (noun)
  • A medicinal preparation intended to improve and strengthen the functioning of the body or increase the feeling of wellbeing (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Anything that enlivens or strengthens (noun)
  • A mineral water, usually carbonated and containing quinine and often mixed with gin or other alcoholic drinks (noun)
  • The first degree of a major or minor scale and the tonal centre of a piece composed in a particular key (noun)
  • A key or chord based on this (noun)
  • A stressed syllable in a word (noun)
  • Serving to enliven and invigorate (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a tone or tones (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the first degree of a major or minor scale (adjective)
  • Of or denoting the general effect of colour and light and shade in a picture (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, characterized by, or affecting normal muscular or bodily tone (adjective)
  • Of or relating to stress or the main stress in a word (adjective)
  • Denoting a tone language (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "tonic" in a sentence
  • "August 5, 2009 at 7:51 am troo, could be grampaws hair tonic, *Vitalis n tonic*"
  • "The term tonic stress is usually preferred to refer to this kind of stress in referring, proclaiming, and reporting utterances."
  • "Manchester United 1 Chelsea 2 - Didier Drogbas controversial winner gives Blues a title tonic"