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3 definitions found
 for overtone
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Overtone \O"ver*tone`\, n. [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.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  overtone
      n 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]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  105 Moby Thesaurus words for "overtone":
     AF, affective meaning, air, allegory, allusion, arcane meaning,
     assumption, atmosphere, audio frequency, aura, bearing, climate,
     coloration, coloring, connotation, consequence, denotation, drift,
     effect, essence, extension, feel, feeling, flageolet tone, force,
     frequency, fundamental, fundamental tone, gist,
     grammatical meaning, harmonic, harmonic tone, hint, idea, impact,
     implication, implied meaning, import, indication, inference,
     innuendo, insinuation, intension, intimation, intonation,
     ironic suggestion, lexical meaning, literal meaning, meaning,
     metaphorical sense, milieu, monotone, monotony, note, nuance,
     occult meaning, partial, partial tone, pertinence, pitch, pith,
     point, practical consequence, presumption, presupposition, purport,
     quality, range of meaning, real meaning, reference, referent,
     relation, relevance, scope, semantic cluster, semantic field,
     sense, significance, signification, significatum, signifie,
     span of meaning, spirit, structural meaning, subsense,
     subsidiary sense, substance, suggestion, sum, sum and substance,
     supposition, symbolic meaning, symbolism, tenor, tinge, tone,
     tonelessness, totality of associations, touch, transferred meaning,
     unadorned meaning, undercurrent, undermeaning, undertone, value
  
  

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