Definition of overtone
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The film has no original score to punch up its comedic overtones either, instead relying on existing music choices that are often tinged with melancholy, from Saint-Saëns’ morbidly named Danse macabre to the songs of fado superstar Amelia Rodrigues.
Gay pride parades across the country this weekend took on political overtones, an apparent reaction to the Trump administration.
The coconut milk and coconut cream used in the vanilla ice cream gives it a distinct overtone of coconut.
The event could have some political overtones as well.
The throat singers are famous for accentuating overtones with their voices so that listeners can sometimes hear two, three or four distinct pitches coming from one singer simultaneously.
So though there's a great deal to admire in the translucence of her ensemble's sound and the arid nature of its textures on the recording, the Constellation show brought forth tones and overtones only a live performance can yield.
Despite the shadow of Trump and the national overtones, a few actual issues have worked their way into the races.
Even without the political overtones, the intensity of this rivalry has been heating up for years as the United States continues to raise its game.
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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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