(anthropology) the distinctive spirit of a culture or an era; "the Greek ethos"
mark letters on or mark with letters
set down or print with letters
win an athletic letter
a written message addressed to a person or organization; "mailed an indignant letter to the editor"
an award earned by participation in a school sport; "he won letters in three sports"
the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech; "his grandmother taught him his letters"
a strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention); "he followed instructions to the letter"; "he obeyed the letter of the law"
owner who lets another person use something (housing usually) for hire
the complex of emotional and intellectual attributes that determine a person's characteristic actions and reactions; "it is his nature to help others"
the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized; "it is the nature of fire to burn"; "the true nature of jealousy"
a particular type of thing; "problems of this type are very difficult to solve"; "he's interested in trains and things of that nature"; "matters of a personal nature"
the natural physical world including plants and animals and landscapes etc.; "they tried to preserve nature as they found it"
a causal agent creating and controlling things in the universe; "the laws of nature"; "nature has seen to it that men are stronger than women"
the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"
normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting; "what is your role on the team?"
what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"
give a healthy elasticity to; "Let's tone our muscles"
a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color; "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
change to a color image; "tone a photographic image"
(linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages; "the Beijing dialect uses four tones"
change the color or tone of; "tone a negative"
(music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
vary the pitch of one's speech
the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author; "the general tone of articles appearing in the newspapers is that the government should withdraw"; "from the tone of her behavior I gathered that I