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HARMONIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does harmonic mean? 

HARMONIC (noun)
  The noun HARMONIC has 2 senses:

1. a tone that is a component of a complex sound
2. any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental

  Familiarity information: HARMONIC used as a noun is rare.


HARMONIC (adjective)
  The adjective HARMONIC has 5 senses:

1. of or relating to harmony as distinct from melody and rhythm
2. of or relating to harmonics
3. of or relating to the branch of acoustics that studies the composition of musical sounds
4. relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body
5. involving or characterized by harmony

  Familiarity information: HARMONIC used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


HARMONIC (noun)


Sense 1harmonic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tone that is a component of a complex sound

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("harmonic" is a kind of...):

pure tone; tone (a steady sound without overtones)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "harmonic"):

first harmonic; fundamental; fundamental frequency (the lowest tone of a harmonic series)

overtone; partial; partial tone (a harmonic with a frequency that is a multiple of the fundamental frequency)


Sense 2harmonic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("harmonic" is a kind of...):

quality; timber; timbre; tone ((music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound))


HARMONIC (adjective)


Sense 1harmonic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to harmony as distinct from melody and rhythm

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

subtleties of harmonic change and tonality

Antonym:

nonharmonic (not harmonic)

Pertainym:

harmony (the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords)


Sense 2harmonic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to harmonics

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

harmonic (any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental)


Sense 3harmonic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the branch of acoustics that studies the composition of musical sounds

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

the sound of the resonating cavity cannot be the only determinant of the harmonic response

Pertainym:

harmonics (the study of musical sound)


Sense 4harmonic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to vibrations that occur as a result of vibrations in a nearby body

Synonyms:

harmonic; sympathetic

Context example:

sympathetic vibration

Similar:

harmonious (musically pleasing)


Sense 5harmonic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Involving or characterized by harmony

Synonyms:

in harmony; harmonized; harmonised; harmonical; consonant; harmonic

Similar:

harmonious (musically pleasing)


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