overtone

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noun over·tone \-ˌtōn\

Definition of overtone

  1. 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. 2 :  the color of the light reflected (as by a paint)

  3. 3 :  a secondary effect, quality, or meaning :  suggestion, connotation

1867

First Known Use of overtone

1867


OVERTONE Defined for English Language Learners

overtone

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noun over·tone \-ˌtōn\

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 Dictionary

overtone

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noun over·tone \ˈō-vər-ˌtōn\

Medical Definition of overtone

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


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