tonic

A tonic is something, sometimes a medicine, that makes you feel better or restores you to health. Before doctors prescribed drugs, crooked salesmen sold all sorts of dubious tonics.

Tonic was used to describe all sorts of concoctions that were supposed to make you feel better or livelier. Some helped and some didn’t. Coca Cola was originally marketed as a tonic — back when it is said to have contained cocaine as well as loads of caffeine. These days we might describe a weekend at the beach or a brisk walk as a tonic, meaning it will refresh you. Others might flee to a gin and tonic — an alcoholic drink.

Primary Meanings of tonic

1.
nadj
a medicine that strengthens and invigorates
imparting vitality and energy
2.
n
lime- or lemon-flavored carbonated water containing quinine
3.
adjn
relating to or being the keynote of a major or minor scale
(music) the first note of a diatonic scale
4.
adj
used of syllables
5.
adj
of or relating to or producing normal tone or tonus in muscles or tissue
Full Definitions of tonic
1

n a medicine that strengthens and invigorates

Synonyms:
restorative
Types:
bracer, pick-me-up
a tonic or restorative (especially a drink of liquor)
Type of:
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
(medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease

adj imparting vitality and energy

Synonyms:
bracing, brisk, fresh, refreshful, refreshing
invigorating
imparting strength and vitality
2

n lime- or lemon-flavored carbonated water containing quinine

Synonyms:
quinine water, tonic water
Type of:
soft drink
nonalcoholic beverage (usually carbonated)

n a sweet drink containing carbonated water and flavoring

“in New England they call sodas tonics
Synonyms:
pop, soda, soda pop, soda water
Type of:
soft drink
nonalcoholic beverage (usually carbonated)
3

adj relating to or being the keynote of a major or minor scale

tonic harmony”
Synonyms:
tonal
having tonality; i.e. tones and chords organized in relation to one tone such as a keynote or tonic

n (music) the first note of a diatonic scale

Synonyms:
keynote
Types:
C
(music) the keynote of the scale of C major
Type of:
musical note, note, tone
a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
4

adj used of syllables

“a tonic syllables carries the main stress in a word”
Synonyms:
accented
Antonyms:
atonic, unaccented
used of syllables

adj employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words

Synonyms:
tonal
5

adj of or relating to or producing normal tone or tonus in muscles or tissue

“a tonic reflex”
tonic muscle contraction”

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