The string, considered as halved by one node, gives the first overtone, or octave of the fundamental.
The second overtone requires three nodes, as in Fig. 137, 3.
When the first overtone is sounded the column divides itself into two vibrating parts.
Kenmore, in the light of its past, sounds an overtone of romance.
“The pineapple ice is the twelfth overtone,” replied Mr. Dubbe.
Their cooing notes are well known—a high-pitched "overtone," followed by several long bell-toned notes.
In any overtone, the number of the parts or vibrating segments of the string is one more than the number of the overtone.
Accordingly, if a stopped pipe gives as its fundamental the note C, its first overtone will be the fifth above the octave or G'.
When the second overtone is blown (Fig. 136, 3) a third node forms.
Whatever, by way of overtone, he may reveal of himself is implicit in his forms: symbolism and caricature are not in his way.
1867, in literal sense, from over + tone (n.); a loan-translation of German Oberton, first used by German physicist Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz (1821-1894) as a contraction of Overpartialton "upper partial tone." Figurative sense of "subtle implication" is from 1890, first attested in writings of William James.
See under harmonic.