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Meaning of ATONIC

Pronunciation:  u'tânik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  used of syllables; "an atonic syllable carries no stress"
  2. [adj]  characterized by a lack of tonus

ATONIC is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: unaccented
 Antonyms: accented, tonic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*ton"ic\, a. [Cf. F. atonique. See {Atony}.]
    1. (Med.) Characterized by atony, or want of vital energy;
       as, an atonic disease.
    2. (Gram.) Unaccented; as, an atonic syllable.
    3. Destitute of tone vocality; surd. --Rush.
  2. \A*ton"ic\, n.
    1. (Gram.) A word that has no accent.
    2. An element of speech entirely destitute of vocality, or
       produced by the breath alone; a nonvocal or surd
       consonant; a breathing. --Rush.
    3. (Med.) A remedy capable of allaying organic excitement or
       irritation. --Dunglison.