in·​har·​mon·​ic | \ ˌin-(ˌ)här-ˈmä-nik How to pronounce inharmonic (audio) \

Definition of inharmonic

: not harmonic

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Recent Examples on the Web The arc evolved from inharmonic drones and swoops to a stretch of rolling, arpeggiated waves reminiscent of musical minimalism, and then back again. Washington Post, "With analog Music Easels, Eternal Now paints a serendipitous aural landscape," 11 Nov. 2019 The stimuli included harmonic sounds and inharmonic sounds (produced by shifting some frequencies of a previously harmonic sound), and sounds with beating and without. Sciencenow, WIRED, "Human Brain Is Wired for Harmony," 13 Nov. 2012

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circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Inharmonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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