pertaining to harmony, as distinguished from melody and rhythm.
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marked by harmony; in harmony; concordant; consonant.
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Physics. of, pertaining to, or noting a series of oscillations in which each oscillation has a frequency that is an integral multiple of the same basic frequency.
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Mathematics.
(of a set of values) related in a manner analogous to the frequencies of tones that are consonant.
capable of being represented by sine and cosine functions.
But the frequencies have a special harmonic relationship, which is why you hear it as a single sound with a single pitch.
See:The formulation of harmonic quintessence and a fundamental energy equivalence equation.
The study of harmonic and melodic sound is difficult and worthwhile.
The formulation of harmonic quintessence and a fundamental energy equivalence equation.
In our music, accompaniment to singing does not mean a harmonic background to vocal melody, but a partnership in patterns.
For the musician there has been a phenomenal advance beyond the rigid rhythmic and harmonic limitations of the older music.
One of the first systems anybody studies is the simple harmonic oscillator, which is the height of simplicity and elegance.
And the movement of the cloud back and forth is a harmonic oscillator.
Melodic momentum, in other words, was made to express the harmonic changes going on beneath it.
The use of the harmonic generator scalpel greatly reduces the damage to patient tissue during surgery.
British Dictionary definitions for harmonic
harmonic
/hɑːˈmɒnɪk/
adjective
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of, involving, producing, or characterized by harmony; harmonious
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(music) of, relating to, or belonging to harmony
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(maths)
capable of expression in the form of sine and cosine functions
of or relating to numbers whose reciprocals form an arithmetic progression
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(physics) of or concerned with an oscillation that has a frequency that is an integral multiple of a fundamental frequency
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(physics) of or concerned with harmonics
noun
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(physics, music) a component of a periodic quantity, such as a musical tone, with a frequency that is an integral multiple of the fundamental frequency. The first harmonic is the fundamental, the second harmonic (twice the fundamental frequency) is the first overtone, the third harmonic (three times the fundamental frequency) is the second overtone, etc
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(music) (not in technical use) overtone: in this case, the first overtone is the first harmonic, etc
1560s, "relating to music;" earlier (c.1500) armonical "tuneful, harmonious," from Latin harmonicus, from Greek harmonikos "harmonic, musical, skilled in music," from harmonia (see harmony). Meaning "relating to harmony" is from 1660s. The noun, short for harmionic tone, is recorded from 1777.
Noun Periodic motion whose frequency is a whole-number multiple of some fundamental frequency. The motion of objects or substances that vibrate or oscillate in a regular fashion, such as the strings of musical instruments, can be analyzed as a combination of a fundamental frequency and higher harmonics. ◇ Harmonics above the first harmonic (the fundamental frequency) in sound waves are called overtones. The first overtone is the second harmonic, the second overtone is the third harmonic, and so on.
Adjective Related to or having the properties of such periodic motion.