Definition of overtone
Recent Examples of overtone from the Web
In terms of flavor, the blend brings a richness and a semi-sweet overtone that works well at the morning table.
The commencement speeches of 2017 largely and unsurprisingly had political overtones.
Political overtones are present, as well: Imperial officer costumes are displayed alongside a photo of Nazis - and the resemblance is unmistakable.
Derailleur cables, used to shift gears on the road, produced harmonic overtones and added texture to this track.
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First Known Use of overtone
OVERTONE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of overtone for English Language Learners
: 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
Medical Definition of overtone
: one of the higher tones produced simultaneously with the fundamental and that with the fundamental comprise a complex musical tone
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