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Definition of Overtone

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harmonic, secondary tone which is higher than the primary or fundamental tone (Music); something which is subtly suggested, subtle implication, connotation
Overtone Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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.
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A harmonic.
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WordNet 2.0

1. (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality; "overtones of despair"
(hypernym) meaning, significance, signification, import
(classification) plural, plural form
2. a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency
(synonym) partial, partial tone
(hypernym) harmonic
Overtone Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Telecommunication Standard Terms
Of a sinusoidal wave, an integral multiple of the frequency, i.e., the fundamental, of the wave, other than the fundamental itself. Note 1: The first overtone is twice the frequency of the fundamental, and thus corresponds to the second harmonic; the second overtone is three times the frequency of the fundamental, and thus corresponds to the third harmonic, etc. Note 2: Use of the term overtone is generally confined to acoustic waves, especially in applications related to music. Contrast with fundamental, harmonic.
Overtone Definition from Computer & Internet Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Electronic Music Terms
A whole-number multiple of the fundamental frequency of a tone. The overtones define the harmonic spectrum of a sound. See Fourier analysis, partial.
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Overtone Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
An overtone is any frequency higher than the fundamental frequency of a sound. Using the model of Fourier analysis, the fundamental and the overtones together are called partials. Harmonics, or more precisely, harmonic partials, are partials whose frequencies are integer multiples of the fundamental (including the fundamental which is 1 times itself). These overlapping terms are variously used when discussing the acoustic behavior of musical instruments. (See etymology below.) The model of Fourier analysis provides for the inclusion of inharmonic partials, which are partials whose frequencies are not whole-number ratios of the fundamental (such as 1.1 or 2.14179).

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Overtone Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
Guitar Glossary
A frequency component that is higher than the fundamental frequency in a complex sound wave.

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