AskDefine | Define tonic

Dictionary Definition

tonic adj
1 of or relating to or producing normal tone or tonus in muscles or tissue; "a tonic reflex"; "tonic muscle contraction"
2 employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words; "Chinese is a tonal language" [syn: tonal]
3 used of syllables; "a tonic syllables carries the main stress in a word" [syn: accented] [ant: atonic]
4 relating to or being the keynote of a major or minor scale; "tonic harmony"
5 imparting vitality and energy; "the bracing mountain air" [syn: bracing, brisk, energizing, energising, fresh, refreshing, refreshful]


1 lime- or lemon-flavored carbonated water containing quinine [syn: tonic water, quinine water]
2 a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring; "in New England they call sodas tonics" [syn: pop, soda, soda pop, soda water]
3 (music) the first note of a diatonic scale [syn: keynote]
4 a medicine that strengthens and invigorates [syn: restorative]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Restorative, curative or invigorating.
    The arrival of the new members had a tonic effect on the team.


  1. A [drink] intended to restore or invigorate.
    We used to brew a tonic from a particular kind of root.
  2. tonic water
  3. (Northeastern US) Any of various carbonated, non-alcoholic beverages.
  4. The first note of a scale.
  5. The triad built on the tonic note.

Extensive Definition

Tonic may refer to: Tonic may also be:
  • A usually liquid drug given to improve health
  • A patent medicine that claims to have tonic properties
tonic in French: Tonique
tonic in Italian: Tonica

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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