I.that by which a thing is stretched, a rope, cord, brace
, οἱ τόνοι τῶν κλινέων the cords
of beds, Hdt.
; ἐκ τριῶν τόνων
of three plies
, of ropes, Xen.
:—in machines, straining-cords
II.a stretching, tightening, straining, strain, tension, Hdt.
2.of sounds, a straining, raising of the voice, Aeschin., Dem.:— the pitch of the voice, Plat., etc.
3.measure, metre, Hdt.
in Music, τόνοι
or keys differing in pitch
, of which in early Greek music there were three, the Dorian, Lydian
, and Phrygian.
III.exertion of force, mental exertion, energy, Luc.:— generally, force, strength, intensity, Plut.
IV.metaph. the tenour of one's way, a course, Pind., Plut.