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Meaning of OVERTONE

Pronunciation:  'owvur`town

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency
  2. [n]  (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality; "overtones of despair"

OVERTONE is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 See Also: harmonic, import, meaning, significance, signification



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\O"ver*tone`\, n. [A translation of G. oberton. See
{Over},{Tone}.] (Mus.)
One of the harmonics faintly heard with and above a tone as
it dies away, produced by some aliquot portion of the
vibrating sting or column of air which yields the fundamental
tone; one of the natural harmonic scale of tones, as the
octave, twelfth, fifteenth, etc.; an aliquot or ``partial''
tone; a harmonic. See {Harmonic}, and {Tone}. --Tyndall.

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