combination tone

noun
variants: or less commonly combination note

Definition of combination tone

: a subjective tone heard by many observers when two pure tones of widely different frequency are sounded together and thought to be due to the fact that the human ear does not in general give a linear response to sound waves — compare aural harmonic, difference tone, summation tone

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“Combination tone.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/combination%20tone. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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