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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Overtone \O"ver*tone'\, noun [A translation of G. oberton. See {Over}, {Tone}.] (Mus.) One of the harmonics faintly heard with and at a higher frequency than a fundamental tone as it dies away, produced by some aliquot portion of the vibrating sting or column of air which yields the fundamental tone; one of the natural harmonic scale of tones, as the octave, twelfth, fifteenth, etc.; an aliquot or "partial" tone; a harmonic. See {Harmonic}, and {Tone}. --Tyndall.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

overtone

noun

1: (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality; "overtones of despair"

2: a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency [syn: {overtone}, {partial}, {partial tone}]


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