Definition of overtone in English:
1A musical tone which is a part of the harmonic series above a fundamental note, and may be heard with it.
- This third phase of tonal theory argued in favour of a natural basis for major - minor tonality in the overtones of the harmonic series.
- The principle is the same, but the notes become even more complex through the use of harmonic overtones and (again, my guess) unconventional bowing.
- The fundamental and its overtones are set into vibration very quickly, and it would take someone with a very keen aural sense to hear all of these tones separately.
1.1 Physics A component of any oscillation whose frequency is an integral multiple of the fundamental frequency.
- This allows either the crystal's fundamental frequency or its third overtone to be selected.
- That is, vowels are created by the first few broad peaks on the amplitude envelope imposed on the overtone spectrum by vocal-tract resonances.
- Speculation: presumably, the system has also evolved to transmit information about high frequency overtones.
2 (often overtones) A subtle or subsidiary quality, implication, or connotation: the decision may have political overtones
More example sentences
- His vibrant paintings offer traditional scenes of Nigerian villages and tribal customs, with only a few subtle political overtones.
- The term ‘reactionary force’ has political overtones and historical connotations.
- In furthering this project, I suggest, it is critical to establish the play's precise date if we would recuperate political overtones and connotations activated in the earliest productions.