overtone


over·tone

noun \-ˌtōn\

: an idea or quality that is suggested without being said directly

: a very small amount of something

music : a higher tone that is part of the sound of a musical note

Full Definition of OVERTONE

1
a :  one of the higher tones produced simultaneously with the fundamental and that with the fundamental comprise a complex musical tone :  harmonic 1a
b :  harmonic 2
2
:  the color of the light reflected (as by a paint)
3
:  a secondary effect, quality, or meaning :  suggestion, connotation

First Known Use of OVERTONE

1867

over·tone

noun \ˈō-vər-ˌtōn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OVERTONE

: one of the higher tones produced simultaneously with the fundamental and that with the fundamental comprise a complex musical tone

overtone

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In acoustics, a faint higher tone contained within almost any musical tone. A body producing a musical pitch—such as a taut string or a column of air within the tubular body of a wind instrument—vibrates not only as a unit but simultaneously also in sections, resulting in the presence of a series of overtones within the fundamental tone (i.e., the one identified as the actual pitch). Harmonics are a series of overtones resulting when the partial vibrations are of equal sections (e.g., halves, thirds, fourths). Partials are nonharmonic overtones—that is, tones the frequencies of which lie outside the harmonic series. Overtones contribute greatly to the timbre of a given sound source, even though few listeners are aware of hearing any pitch except the fundamental. There are a few rare examples of the human voice creating overtones, notably in the chants of the Tibetan monks and the songs of the Tuvan throat singers. The latter can sometimes produce two overtones.

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