bell tone


Definition of bell tone

1 : the tone or timbre peculiar to a bell (such as a church bell) and composed of a unique series of harmonics beginning 1 : 2 : 2 : 4 : 3 : 4
2 : a musical tone (such as a tone produced on a trumpet) characterized by a strong initial accent followed by a sharp diminuendo similar in dynamics to a tone struck on a bell

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“Bell tone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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