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Overtone   /ˈoʊvərtˌoʊn/   Listen

(usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality.
A harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency.  Synonyms: partial, partial tone.

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"Overtone" Quotes from Famous Books

... acceptance of other tonal centres—distant a fifth from the main key-note—doubtless arose from their simplicity and naturalness, and was later sanctioned by acoustical law; the interval of a perfect fifth having one of the simplest ratios (2-3), and being familiar to people as the first overtone (after the octave) struck off by any sounding body—such as a bell or an organ pipe. The Venetian composers, notably Willaert, had also quite fully developed this principle of Tonic, Dominant and Subdominant harmony ...
— Music: An Art and a Language • Walter Raymond Spalding

... a faintly critical overtone to that. As she replied, Martha realized that she was ...
— Omnilingual • H. Beam Piper

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