overtone

noun over·tone \ ˈō-vər-ˌtōn \

Definition of overtone

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 :the color of the light reflected (as by a paint)
3 :a secondary effect, quality, or meaning :suggestion, connotation

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First Known Use of overtone

1867


OVERTONE Defined for English Language Learners

overtone

noun

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

noun over·tone \ ˈō-vər-ˌtōn \

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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